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Williamsburg Preparatory High School won a 2013 Change by Us mini-grant in order to help expand its Cardinal Garden.  Under the direction of science teacher Juliet Crupi, students were very productive this fall!  Accomplishments included the planting of 300 daffodil bulbs as part of The Daffodil Project in honor of 9/11; Urban Farming classes twice weekly in the garden; and the harvesting of lettuce and radishes grown by students.

You can read more about Williamsburg Prep in The Greenpoint Gazette's September article on the garden.

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M’Finda Kalunga Garden is celebrating Halloween with an event in the garden this Thursday.  We’re kind of hoping the turtles dress up as ninjas.
Learn more about the garden here.

M’Finda Kalunga Garden is celebrating Halloween with an event in the garden this Thursday.  We’re kind of hoping the turtles dress up as ninjas.

Learn more about the garden here.

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Photos from this past Saturday’s Change by Us 2013 Fall Gathering & Potluck hosted by the 64th Street Community Garden (a CBU grantee).  Good company, good food, and a little sunshine on a brisk October afternoon all contributed to a terrific day!

Check out our blog post about the event here.

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A CBU grant helped Williamsburg Preparatory High School expand its Cardinal Garden.  Now, their efforts have been featured in The Greenpoint Gazette:

Science teacher Juliet Crupi and students outside the UN

New Williamsburg Prep Urban Farming Class Puts Community First

Williamsburg native and Prep science teacher Juliet Crupi had little outdoors experience before participating in a 2012 research project at Grand Teton National Park. While studying the effect of real estate development on songbird migration, and advising developers, based on her findings, where to build, it occurred to her that she could more effectively teach her students by showing them how their lessons directly impact their community. Partnering with fellow Prep science teacher Jessica McClish, she created a Leaders for Sustainability club at the high school.

Initially eight students joined the club; Crupi and McClish started them off with a paper recycling project. When asked to choose their next project, to the surprise of their teachers, and the delight of their fellow students, the members requested gardening. By year’s end, more than 40 students had joined, participating in the recycling program, school garden and a tree stewardship certification program.

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Via Inhabitat.com:

There’s a reason why a northern quarter of Brooklyn is called Carroll Gardens – the area is one of the greenest neighborhoods in all of New York City. Carroll Gardens is home to no less than seven community green spaces, all within spitting distance of each other. The area’s public gardens originally started as a community-fueled project to clean up the neighborhood and give the area a new image. What started as a single volunteer-created park sparked a gardening hobby all across the Columbia Street waterfront. Last weekend, we got a chance to stroll around the parks in the area - sit back and enjoy our photos and be sure to visit one or all of these gardens afterwards for yourself!

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Visit the M’Finda Kalunga Garden this Sunday, September 29, for the second annual Ladybug Release! There will be a turtle naming contest - arts activities for kids. Don’t forget to check up on the Japanese Bonsai tree that has found a new home in the garden since Lowline exhibit last fall!

CBU was proud to provide the grant that helped add the turtle pond to the garden.  We can’t wait to hear the new names!

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Visit the M’Finda Kalunga Garden this Sunday, September 29, for the second annual Ladybug Release! There will be a turtle naming contest - arts activities for kids. Don’t forget to check up on the Japanese Bonsai tree that has found a new home in the garden since Lowline exhibit last fall!

CBU was proud to provide the grant that helped add the turtle pond to the garden.  We can’t wait to hear the new names!

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Images courtesy of GrowNYC

Check out GrowNYC’s new Green Infrastructure Toolkit!  Designed to educate homeowners, community gardeners, and others interested in storm water management techniques, the toolkit includes info on techniques from rainwater harvesting to green roofs that will help New Yorkers minimize the effects of rainfall on water bodies and reduce flooding.

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Change by Us recently visited the Skyward Community Garden on W 142nd St on the day of Transforming Our Health by Eating Healthy Community Garden Project’s end-of-summer awards ceremony.  The project used its 2013 CBU mini-grant to teach young girls and their families about growing their own food and healthy eating.

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Mark your calendar— the Columbia Waterfront Community Gardens Walking Tour is next Saturday! Join them for a docent-led tour of the district’s gardens.  For more info, visit the NYC Parks website.

Mark your calendar— the Columbia Waterfront Community Gardens Walking Tour is next Saturday! Join them for a docent-led tour of the district’s gardens.  For more info, visit the NYC Parks website.

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Our project map of the city shows all the great grassroots action going on across the five boroughs.  Stop by our homepage to join one of these fantastic projects, or start your own!

Our project map of the city shows all the great grassroots action going on across the five boroughs.  Stop by our homepage to join one of these fantastic projects, or start your own!