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Feedback Farms work day at MVG Sunday Sept 30th

the project

Feedback Farms (FBF) utilizes temporary vacant space to conduct research into new methods of production farming for New York City. As our second location, Myrtle Village Green (MVG) will allow us to more than double the amount of produce grown in our first season, expanding the number of people we will be able to feed with our hyper local produce.

In addition MVG will be instrumental in testing our hypotheses in regards to the technology we have been developing at our first site, including low cost and easy to assemble Sub Irrigated Planters (SIPs) as well as a decentralized Zigbee wireless sensor network that transmits data from our farm, directly to the web.

We are raising funds to help cover the cost of soil and materials for our beds, rain water harvesting, and other necessities around the farm.

the steps

We are currently in the process of obtaining materials and building out our farm! We hope to raise enough funds in order to purchase materials we can use to build a greenhouse to extend our growing season through the winter.

In the mean time, we just received a donation of 240,000lbs of soil that we will be working on distributing to other farms and gardens in need. Contact us if you are interested!

why we're doing it

We are doing this because there is a wealth of underutilized spaces in NYC that quickly transform themselves into rat warrens and derelict spaces when left on their own. These spaces, instead of being a scar within the fabric of a community can be transformed into productive spaces that can offset the food imported into the neighborhood and be a space the community is proud of.

We are doing this because we love it, and we want everyone in the community to be able to experience the beauty of farming and knowing about where food comes from. We believe that by showing people what is possible in their backyards, we can inspire others to build the things they dream of in their communities.

budget

Palletes $150

Flex drain $795
Irrigation $570
Sensor array materials $295
Remote Monitoring Camera $199
Biochar 180 bags $1438.2
Subtotal: $3447.2
 
ioby materials and labor = $35
Third party credit card processing fee (3%) = $103.4
ioby fiscal sponsorship (5%) = 172
 
TOTAL = $3,758
 




  RAISED = 956
  less ioby Platform Fee waived
  less ioby Fiscal Sponsorship Fee (5%) 46
  less 3rd Party Credit Card Processing Fee (3%) 28
  TOTAL TO DISBURSE = 883

 

updates

Feedback Farms work day at MVG Sunday Sept 30th

  

Potluck and Opening Party - Saturday, June 16!

Volunteer Opportunities - This Week!

 

Hello Friends, Neighbors, Farmers!

 

Volunteer Days this week:

Saturday, April 28 - (9am - 2pm)

Sunday, April 29 - (2pm - 6pm) Building!

Tuesday, May 1 (1pm - 5pm)

 

Great work done this past weekend and Tuesday! We covered the rest of the community lot with the dirt that Green Thumb sent us to help provide a safer space. We received a mulch delivery from a donor to help build paths, 2 benches were built and the back wall is really coming along!

 

Can you help? Help needed!

- Hold open hours during the week and on weekend throughout the season

 

A Small Green Patch: www.asmallgreenpatch.com

General meeting at 1pm - there will be more drawings of potential garden lay-outs and we want more of your feedback! A wood donation will be delivered at 8am on Saturday. There will be an extra volunteer day this week - Sunday, from 2-6pm, we will also have a carpenter on hand to help teach us all how to build raised beds, benches and more! 

 

Feedback Farms: www.feedbackfarms.com

This week we received a generous donation of a compost bin from the Gowanus Canal Conservancy, as well as supersacks to use as raised beds from the Brooklyn Grange - thanks to both organizations for their support!

Working prototypes of our sub-irrigated beds are on the site now. Things are moving along! This week we will be laying out the rest of the pallets and modifying supersacks for use as beds.

 

Textile Arts Center: www.textileartscenter.com

We finished building the raised beds and will be laying down weed barrier, setting beds in place and filling them with soil on Saturday. Along with some sowing of native plants in the meadow area (kid friendly activity!)

 

St. Lydia's: http://stlydias.org

St. Lydia's will be laying out their space and starting bed construction.

Volunteer Opportunities - This Week!

 

Planning Meeting: Tuesday, 4/17/2012 (6-8:00pm)

Location: 306 Dean St., Apt. 2B (buzzer - Sullivan/Hallaran)

These discussions will be shared with the larger group this Saturday, but anyone is welcome to come and participate. We'll have a few drinks and snacks but feel free to bring whatever delicious treats you have. Please RSVP toinfo@feedbackfarms.com if you plan on attending. 

 

Volunteer Days this week:

Tuesday, April 17 (1pm - 5pm)

Saturday, April 21 (9am - 2pm)

Sunday, April 22 (1pm - 5pm)

 

Please let us know if you are interested in helping with any of the following:

- getting electric to the lot so we can use tools to build benches or generator?

- have a car/van/truck and can help pickup materials

- we want sod installed - do you have any connections?

 

GREENING MEETING

The Boerum Hill Association will host its annual greening meeting on Thursday April 19 at 7pm at the Belarusian Church on Atlantic Ave at Bond St. The theme of this year's meeting is Neighborhood Greening Summit and we will hear about and discuss different efforts to beautify and horticulturally enliven our neighborhood. Everyone is welcome! Experts and novices alike.

Presentations will include:

Melissa Ennen, owner of The Commons will discuss the roof garden, composting, and bee keeping on the roof of her building.

Clare from Feedback Farms, a new community garden on Bergen St will give a progress report on their efforts.

Inger Staggs Yancey of Brooklyn Greenroofs will speak about residential green roof and green block design and installation.

Information will be available about the Hoyt Street Garden Association Plant Sale.

There will be an update on BHA tree planting efforts.

There will be plenty of time for questions of the speakers, as well as open discussion of ways to green up the neighborhood. Hope to see you there!

Celebrate Earth Day 2012 and Help "Green" 4th Ave!

 

Saturday April 21, 2012 

10am - 2pm with the Forth on Fourth Ave Committee of Park Slope Civic Council (PSCC)

Join us to improve 4th Ave by greening our new street trees! As part of the Park Slope Civic Sweep, we will adopt, clean, mulch and plant 16 new trees that have been planted along 4th Ave between St.Marks Place and President St. Come get dirty for Earth Day, help us improve the streetscape and learn more about Forth on Fourth Ave, a subcommittee of the PSCC aimed to help improve 4th Ave.

3 main work spots along 4th Ave will be: 

St. Marks Place and 4th Ave,

Butler and 4th Ave,

President and 4th Ave. 

We welcome everyone! Tools provided, Kids welcome. (You can bring your own gloves and tools, if you have them.) 

Please contact me with questions via phone or email (718-858-4847grace@5freedmans.com) for a volunteer slot.

 

photos

This is where photos will go once we build flickr integration

donors

  • Daniel S.
  • Gregory S.
  • Janine A.
  • Benjamin S.
  • Raphael P.
  • Benjamin S.