April 28, 2011

Composting Project to Begin Soon

The Urban Meadow's fundraising effort to purchase two large composters has been fully funded!  Thank you to all of the members of the Meadow who contributed on ioby.org and to ioby and Partnership for Parks who provided a 1:1 match for donations given to the project.

We're awaiting word from ioby on the next steps and we're very excited to get the project going.  More details to follow.

Local Developer Invests in Urban Meadow Community Garden

Thank you to the Carroll Gardens Patch for the nice article about Barrett Design and Development's donation to the Meadow.

http://carrollgardens.patch.com/articles/local-developer-invests-in-urban-meadow-community-garden

April 22, 2011

Egg Hunt Rescheduled

The skies are threatening and with a 70% chance of rain in the morning the Urban Meadow Egg Hunt has been rescheduled to Sunday morning, April 24, 10 AM-12PM - we'll have face painting, a real live Easter Bunny, treats and t-shirts for sale -hope to see you all there!

April 15, 2011

Announcement: Barrett Design and Development Donates $20,000 to the Urban Meadow

Through the advocacy of City Councilmember Brad Lander and the generosity of Barrett Design & Development, LLC, the developer of 25 Carroll Street around the corner from the Meadow, Barrett Design has made a donation of $20,000 to help beautify and landscape the Urban Meadow.  

This donation reflects the commitment of the Councilman and Barrett Design to open recreational space for our neighborhood and to the idea that companies who do business in our communities also support the interests of the people who live there.

All of the details of this project are still being worked out but we are so thrilled about this and believe that it also reflects an acknowledgement of how the Urban Meadow (alongside other local gardens, parks, and community groups) has worked to provide activities and enjoyment to benefit our community. 

Click here for the press release from Councilman Lander’s office. 
And, while we are thanking Barrett Design & Development we also want to thank other local supporters of the Urban Meadow - please see the sidebar for a list.

April 11, 2011

Composting at the Meadow- New Project - Please Help Us Get it Started

Composting!  We love it, we're doing it at the Urban Meadow!

When we wrote a grant last year to Partnership for Parks to buy two composters for the Meadow and begin a household waste program we got part of the grant outright and then we got a chance to post our project on ioby.org here http://ioby.org/projects/brooklyn/urban-meadow-compost-project to fundraise for the rest with one especially great feature - Partnership will give us a 1:1 match for money that we raise! They each cost just over $400 so that's how much we need to fulfill the project.
 
Composting allows us to recycle garden scraps and household waste and use the resulting compost for the Meadow's garden. We can reduce the waste we toss out from the Meadow and our homes, and use organic compost to enrich the soil at the Meadow.

Our plan is to pilot the household waste program with a group of 12 members of the Urban Meadow, and then expand to include all members by the fall.

Please consider donating on ioby to help the Meadow buy our composters so that we can get our program going - and remember that everything you give will be matched, so $15 becomes $30, and so forth. Thank you!

3rd Annual Spring Egg Hunt

The Urban Meadow’s 3rd Annual Spring Egg Hunt will be Saturday, April 23, 2011 from 10 AM – 12 PM

This year the egg hunt will be split between the Meadow and next door Mother Cabrini playground (both on President Street and Van Brunt) for double the fun – the Meadow will be for children 4 and under and the playground will have eggs for kids 5 and up. Bring your own baskets to collect eggs.

We’ll have face painting and Urban Meadow t-shirts and treats for sale!

April 5, 2011

Libraries and Gardens - Perfect Together

The Urban Meadow is about a lot of things - recreation, fun, gardening and the environment among others but also community - enjoying it and making it better.  With that in mind, we're passing on a note from our friends at the newly chartered Friends of the Carroll Gardens Library - our neighborhood branch:

Come join the new Friends of the Carroll Gardens Library and make a difference to our neighborhood! Our first event is a book sale fundraiser on Saturday, May 14, Love Your Library Day from 10 AM - 4 PM

Friends of the Carroll Gardens Library, located on the corner of Union and Clinton Streets, recently signed its charter and has a few goals: To support the library by fundraising and to help make the Carroll Gardens branch a center of the community with programs for children, youth and adults all year round. With budget cuts and closings, our community libraries are under siege and active community participation working closely with the library staff can make a huge difference for our branch.

The next Friends meeting is Wednesday, April 6th at 6:30 at the library downstairs. All members of the community are invited.

April 4, 2011

Red Hook Jazz Festival Dates and Line-Up Announced

The 4th Annual Red Hook Jazz Fest 2011 in the URBAN MEADOW
Adults $5, kids free!

Once again the Urban Meadow will be hosting the Red Hook Jazz Festival in June 2011.   This is the fourth year of a homegrown jazz festival featuring an amazing line-up of mostly local talent. When we say local we mean they often live and work in NYC but these musicians regularly play all over the country and the world  - and we love that they also play in their own backyard. The RHJF is known for great music, a laid back vibe, an outdoor setting, and it's family friendly good times.  Adults pay a small fee for 5 hours of music each day and kids are free.