CHCA Meeting Minutes: March 2011

The theme of our March meeting was “Thinking Green” and a lot of information was made available to those present along with requests for community involvement. Below is a recap in case you mised the meeting or want to participate in any of the projects presented

Planter Box Clean Up & Garden Meet Up

Crow Hill Community Association has been chosen for this year’s Brooklyn Daffodil Project Award by.New Yorkers for Parks, which manages the Daffodil Project.They feel that the work our Go Green/Go Clean committee has done is a great reflection of the “rejuvenation” theme of the Daffodil Project. Our Stacey Sheffey will be honored at their Borough Honoree Benefit Breakfast in April.

To prepare, we want to spruce up our planter boxes and tree pits on Franklin Avenue. Please join us:

Saturday April 2 (rain date April 3) at 10 AM
in front of the garden (Franklin between Park and Sterling)
Please bring a hand shovel, garbage bag, gloves…

Energy Efficiency Incentive Programs

Gita Subramony, Energy $mart Communities Coordinator for the Pratt Center for Community Development and a CHCA resident, discussed NYSERDA’s energy efficiency incentive programs for businesses, homeowners, multifamily buildings and construction contractors. This information is available on their website along with material on renewable energy incentives/solar energy incentive programs

Participatory Urbanism: Crown Heights

The Crown Heights Participatory Urbanism project takes a landscape urbanism approach to rethink residual spaces created by transportation infrastructure towards a new public space network.

The project is founded on the idea of creating a common ground for residents, business owners, governmental entities and local community organizations for a more plural public spaces in the context of a diverse emergent community in the Crow Hill/Crown Heights neighborhood.

While space in Crow Hill is contested on a daily basis, this reclamation of a public corridor can serve to connect, not divide, neighbors and community members.

Objectives: 

The objectives of the proposal are to:

  1. Create awareness on the existence of these under-utilized spaces and their potential benefit to the community as a whole;
  2. Open a discussion within the community and between the community and governmental entities towards possible and viable programming;
  3. Explore funding strategies for public spaces in NYC;
  4. Present an urban design proposal to the community that reflects previous discussions.

Further Steps: 

Possible further steps for the project include the compilation of the entire process in a form of (low cost) manual or booklet. The booklet could have two objectives: it could be distributed to other community organizations and individuals interested in public space explaining the process step by step. The project could be also distributed via internet through the creation of a blog or web site. Finally the booklet can be sent to key government entities and the private sector that might be interested in funding the project further.

Please visit participatoryurbanism.blogspot.com to leave comments and ideas.

Help Create a Community Vision for the CHCA Community Garden

Jonas Goslow will be creating a website that reflects the community’s vision for the garden. He asks anyone who is interested to create a drawing, painting, photo, audio, poem, or simple paragraph describing “What you think a garden is for a community?

Or put another way, “What is your dream for our garden? How would it be used? How would it effect people and the community? What has it done for you?

He want responses from EVERYONE! it’s important to hear every voice we can – this is a community collage!

You can send ideas to: chca@crowhillcommunity.org

Bees

bees

Jessica McNamara, who keeps two beehives on the rooftop of her apartment building in Crow Hill, presented the concept of having a hive in the garden. This is her second year as a beekeeper.

Honey bees are super important for pollination – 80% of what we eat relies on pollination either directly (fruits, nuts) or somewhere down the food chain (think pasture-raised cows eating clover and alfalfa). And, they provide us with a delicious natural sugar that tastes sweet but also has many health benefits: honey can relieve allergies, heal wounds (thanks to its antibacterial/antimicrobial properties), and for people with diabetes, it takes less insulin to break down honey than regular sugar.

If you have outdoor flowers or a garden in the neighborhood, my bees may visit your plants to sip some nectar. I love to talk about bees, so if anyone has any questions, please contact me at: jessica.m.mcnamara@gmail.com

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