Archive | September, 2013

You’re Invited to the Harvest Potluck, Sunday 10.6 at 5pm

23 Sep

All CV residents are invited to celebrate the children’s garden. Bring a dish or drink, preferably including or inspired by this season’s produce, to the community room to share. Participants can use garlic or herbs from the fence pockets. RSVP–with your culinary contribution plan, if possible–to no later than Thursday, October 3rd.4 cucumbers in augustWhat did you like this season? And what should we grow next year? Results of the favorite produce of the year poll will be announced at the party; cast your vote for arugula, tomatoes, basil or other bounty here. Feedback will inform the 2014 crop planning.

Want to help the garden grow? Cash donations may be brought to the event or left to the attention of Donna Chaiet (230 Jay St). Checks made out to CVOI can be submitted to the office. Thank you in advance for your support.

To see photos and recipes from previous potlucks, click here. Find out more about getting involved in the garden and the budget plans here.



Harvest Potluck Date Announced: Sun 10.6.13, 5pm

21 Sep

4 cucumbers in augustWhen:  Sunday, October 6th, 5pm to 8pm

What:   End of Season Harvest Potluck + Garden Fundraiser

Where: Community room and Garden

Who:    All gardeners and all residents are welcome

Poll: What should we grow in 2014? More arugula? Basil? Garlic? Click here to vote for your favorite CVEarthlab produce on our poll.

Check out photos and recipes from previous harvest potlucks:

2012 Harvest Partylastharvestspread

2011 Harvest Party

Deb’s Vegetable Tart  

BBG Chocolate Beet Cake




Vote for Your Favorite Garden Food!

21 Sep

Come back and vote everyday through October 5th. Results will be revealed at our 2013 Harvest Potluck Party.

Mulch Slide!

13 Sep

photo(2) Last night’s rain storm swept away a lot of our mulch in the garden and around the play equipment.  We need more mulch, especially at the bottom of the slide and near the climbing wall in order to maintain the safety surfacing. I raked up what I could.

Anyone up for a mulch run this weekend? I picked up a couple bags in August, the last time I had a Zipcar, but we need more.

I noticed that the nearby drain in the parking lot was clogged, also from storm debris, and reported it to the 195 doorman. A lot of leaves and branches came down, too.

photo(3)Let’s keep an eye on the drain, I’m not sure the maintenance team clears it regularly. And since it contributes to the run off water that goes into the garden, it must factor in to the heavy metals and other pollutants that end up in our soil.  I would love to see the area between the fence and the parking lot improved to address this!


Councilman Stephen Levin Tours Our Garden

9 Sep

IAnsleyLevinGardinncumbent candidate Stephen Levin made a campaign stop here Sunday to see our vegetables and talk composting with Ansley and other parents.

After sampling our beans, he endorsed a 3-bin compost system, which we promised to bring to the attention of the board.levinbean

When Levin saw our award certificates on the fence, he was happy to remind us that his office funds the Citizen’s Committee for New York City, the group that awarded us our first grant.

levgardenAs we brought up the success of the Good Sports @ McLaughlin Park‘s soccer program with the Red Bulls, he informed us that, thanks to redistricting, the McLaughlin Park is now inside his district.

Its nice to be on his radar!   –Denise Maher

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