Join NYC's Coalition for Community Gardens for their 2010 Gardeners' Forum and dig into the nuts and bolts of organizational development and community organizing aimed at increasing the sustainability of  your garden. Based on the American Community Gardening Association's train-the-trainer curriculum, participants will learn strategies & skills to take their gardens to the next level of organization, to engage and recruit more participants and to spread the word about the good things you're growing together.

When: Saturday, February 6, 2010
             9:00 am - 4:30 pm

             Sunday, February 7, 2010
              12:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Where: The New School
             66 West 12th St

Workshops are part of NYCCGC's Community Gardeners' Forum. Please register online at NYCCGC.org. All workshops are free.

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Join East New York Farms!, Jin’s Journey, Food Security Roundtable and Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Brooklyn Food Coalition, and United Community Centers for a potluck Grub dinner on February 5th, 2010 at 8:00 pm. Bring your dish, plate, cup, utensils and write your recipe on an index card.

It’s a potluck: Bring a dish/dessert or beverage to share!

What is a Grub party? An event where community, groups and organizations gather to eat good food and have good conversation. The food  will center around local and seasonal food  brought by the guests.

Where & When?
United Community Centers
613 New Lots Avenue @ corner of Schenck Avenue

Directions: Take 3 train to Van Siclen Avenue

For more information, click here.

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On Wednesday, February 10, 2010, The Colin Powell Center for Policy Studies will bring together for the first time ever a powerful coalition of diverse green minds and leaders to address the critical challenge of mobilizing current and future generations to embrace sustainable development, enhance green-job growth and advance an educational agenda of sustainability.

DATE: Wednesday, February 10
TIME: 4:30 to 8:30 p.m.
LOCATION: The Great Hall, Shepard Hall, City College of New York
COST: Free and open to the public. Register Now!

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Wave Hill, a public garden and cultural center, announces the 2010 annual series of Horticultural Lectures at the New York School of Interior Design. Hosted by Wave Hill’s Friends of Horticulture Committee, the series is devoted to landscape design and the meaning of our interactions with plants and the natural world. This year’s distinguished lecturers share their own fresh starts, with variations on repurposing that grow out of deeply meaningful careers in and around gardens. Sensitive to economic, environmental and life stresses, these gardeners are creating new paradigms as they work towards a more responsible approach to gardens and other aspects of our lives.

Lectures begin at 6:00pm at the New York School of Interior Design, 170 East 70th Street, Manhattan

Wednesday, January 20
Patrick Cullina, Vice President of Horticulture and Operations for Friends of the High Line.

Wednesday, February 24
Stephen Orr, writer, editor and self-taught gardener .

Wednesday, March 17
Dominique Browning, writer, editor and consultant .

To purchase tickets or for more information, call 718.549.3200 x216, or visit www.wavehill.org

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Believe it or not, one of the best times to plant trees is late winter/early spring. Trees have a better chance of surviving if they are planted before the buds open in spring. Just before that, they break dormancy below ground with a surge of root growth, which typically coincides with a lot of moisture available from the melting snow/spring rain.

Early or mid-winter planting is not advised because the ground may be frozen over and frozen earth can't be dug or back-filled. If you've had the foresight to do all your digging  before the ground freezes, it's not impossible to plant trees in winter. But unless you can water them sufficiently, early-to-mid winter is not the best planting time. If you can't plant trees in the late winter/early spring, aim for autumn. Summer is a bad time because the weather is too hot and the actively growing trees will be susceptible to damage.

If you are interested in learning more about how to properly plant and care for trees, click here. Or if you want to put your knowledge to the test by joining NYRP for one of our many tree-planting volunteer events, click here.

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This past fall NYRP planted 5,114 trees throughout the city's 5 boroughs as part of MillionTreesNYC.  As a result, 21 schoolyards now have 378 more trees, 25 New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA) properties now have a grand total of 1,194 new leafy friends and many publicly accessible spaces and streets were greened in underdeveloped neighborhoods across NYC. As the nations most aggressive tree-planting initiative, MillionTreesNYC establishes the ambitious goal of planting and caring for 1 million new trees citywide. Our first two years have been very successful due to thousands of New Yorkers digging in to help green and beautify NYC. But it's going to take every New Yorker digging in to help us achieve our goal!

To learn how you can participate, click here. Don't have space to plant a tree but know somewhere that could use some greening?  Click here to tell us about a a tree planting opportunity near you.

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On Saturday, January 9th and Sunday, January 10th, the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation will host its annual MulchFest from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at locations citywide. Bring your holiday tree to one of 80+ designated parks to be recycled into mulch that can be used to nourish plantings in green spaces across the city or even in your own garden!

For more information about MulchFest and a list of sites in your borough, visit nyc.gov/parks/mulchfest.

Treecycle and help NYC grow!

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nyrp Gardens Re-Imagined Lecture Series

Join The New York Botanical Garden (NYBG) as they welcome some of the world’s premier landscape designers and garden and horticulture specialists. Natural landscapes, edible gardens and year-round gardening take center stage as NYBG’s speakers discuss cutting-edge trends and techniques.

Meet the speakers: Dan Pearson, Barbara Damrosch, Fritz Haeg

Register now!

The event will be held on the following Thursdays: January 21, February 18, March 25, 2010, 10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Location: Arthur and Janet Ross Lecture Hall at NYBG

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As a long-time friend and supporter of NYRP’s greening efforts, Fritz Haeg is a Los Angeles-based architect, artist, gardener and social designer that designed our Hudson Guild Edible Garden. Opened in September 2009, the Hudson Guild Garden was created to serve as a model for small-scale urban edible landscapes and as a prototype for future green spaces on public housing sites across New York City.

Ever since NYRP was founded almost 15 years ago, it has been our mission to provide every New Yorker with a healthy and thriving open space to use and enjoy. As such, NYRP fully supports community gardens and local greening efforts citywide. We’ve restored, re-designed, maintained and programmed more than half of the organization’s 55 community gardens located throughout New York City’s five boroughs. Our efforts have transformed neglected areas into vibrant green spaces where family and kids can experience nature and learn from our environmental education programs and community events, such as our gardening workshop series.

To learn more about our 55 community gardens click here.

To learn more about our edible estates click here.

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NYRP NY Times clean nyc trash

Myron Kandel is proof that every little bit counts. Kandel is launching a one-man campaign to clean up New York City, called “Pick a Little Bit of Litter,” and he hopes to enlist every caring New Yorker to join his crusade.

His goal is to have all New Yorkers, both young and old, pick up at least one piece of litter each day and drop it in the nearest trash can. He says that "If a million people did that each day, just think how much cleaner the city would be." To read the complete article click here.

NYRP supports the efforts of every individual New Yorker to clean and green our city. If you are interested in helping NYRP beautify all five boroughs, visit NYRP's Volunteer Corps for more information on how you can help.

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Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg will introduce leaders from all over the world to the many environmental, economic and health benefits of MillionTreesNYC during the opening ceremony of the Mayors Summit in Copenhagen, scheduled for today and Tuesday. As part of the United Nations conference on climate change, the Mayors Summit will bring together political leaders from around the globe and will help to put cities on top of the world-wide climate agenda. Mayor Bloomberg is also scheduled to attend an ICLEI panel discussion for 100 mayors who are taking steps locally to address climate change.

MillionTreesNYC is a public-private partnership between the New York City Department of Parks & Recreation and New York Restoration Project NYRP. As one of the 127 programs under the Mayor's PlaNYC initiative, MillionTreesNYC establishes the ambitious goal of planting and caring for one million new trees across the city's five boroughs by 2017. PlaNYC is a blueprint for the long-term sustainability of New York City. The plan means to set priorities for the refurbishment of city infrastructure.

New York is one of 10 cities (Los Angeles is the only other American one) to have been selected for an interactive exhibition called "Future City," highlighting local initiatives. In this exhibition, the City will outline its attempts to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and energy use in buildings to counter the effects of global warming.

To learn more about MillionTreesNYC click here.

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