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Call for Rooftop Showings, Speakers & Garden Resources

From: Laura
Sent on: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 11:46 AM
Hi All,

I hope you are all enjoying the amazing weather we have been having!  Here are a few items for consideration by the group:

1) Rooftop Hosts
Spring has sprung and it is time to get onto some rooftops.  We are looking for volunteers who would be willing to have our group members over for a rooftop visit in April and beyond.  Volunteer hosts can feel free to pick a date, time and limit to the number of visitors.  Please contact me and/or Leslie if you would be interested in hosting.

2) Garden Topic Speakers
Additionally, several members have requested some educational meetups.  I believe we already have a volunteer who is willing to speak about composting.  We were thinking that we might have other volunteers speak briefly about some of the following topics at the beginning of some of our meetups:
Subirrigation
Pruning
Canning
Seed Saving
Please let us know if you are able and willing to talk a bit about those topics or anything else that might interest the group.

3) Garden and Rooftop resources
One of our members mentioned to us that Starbucks gives out their used coffee grounds at the end of the day (which are great for composting/fertilizing - all that Nitrogen).  You can try introducing yourself to the manager and ask to pickup grounds at the end of the day.  Sometimes the manager is not aware of the recycling program.  They gave our member a huge bag of grounds 1x (20 lbs or so)  - Starbucks puts the grounds back in the original bags, but it's important to bring a heavy canvas bag to transport the grounds.

Here is the link to Starbucks Recyclying/Compost information: 
Additionally, Leslie has been blogging about our meetups here and her blog is a good resource for information on rooftops around the city:
http://leslieadatto.wordpress.com/2012/03/16/where-roof-gardens-begin-the-seedscioncutting-exchange-bank-street-west-village-manhattan/

I also blog about my roof garden here, where I specialize in many types of vegetables and fruits.  I will post something new soon, I promise ;)

I hope you find these resources useful and that we can get some rooftop and speaker volunteers!  Please contact me and/or Leslie with any other resources you think might be useful to the group and we can share them.

Best,
-Laura

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