22nd annual Pumpkin Smash: 2020 edition

Dear neighbors –

The Prospect Heights Community Farm (PHCF) welcomes you to this year’s edition of our annual Pumpkin Smash on November 7th from 12-4 pm.

Because of the unprecedented times and to preserve the safety of community members, we will not be having our usual potato bake or refreshments this time around. However, you are still welcome to bring your pumpkins to smash your COVID blues away and to enjoy the garden.

Hope to see you there!

Changes to Food Scrap Drop Off at The PHarm

Starting next Sunday, October 11, 2020, while our 10-12 pm drop off is still operational, the off-site operation that has accepted our overflow is no longer available. Until we find a replacement, the PHarm will need to limit our intake (roughly 25 people or 200 lbs). Please check back here, phcfarm.com, or visit our social media for updates.

Where else can you take your food scraps?   ➤ http://bit.ly/NYCdropofftracker

While NYC cut it’s composting budget by over 90%, there is a growing number of citizen lead and community based organizations who have stepped up to fill the gap.
Visit the bit.ly link above for FAQs, Food Scrap Drop Off Sites & Residential Pick Up Services.  

Compost Limit

Due to the overwhelming demand for community composting services, our  relatively small, volunteer-run compost system has been overwhelmed. We must therefore reduce the amount of compost we can accept from community members on Sundays from 10-12.
We can accept a total of 150 pounds of compost from the community and will have to end our collections when we reach that amount.
We are currently advocating with other community gardens to open up similar no-contact community compost collection and will post the locations of any other gardens accepting compost as they get set up.
Thank you for your understanding!
PHCF compost team

Face Covering Required Garden hours

Starting Friday, May 1 a few periods of time each week will be set aside as “Face Covering Required” hours, meaning that during those times everyone in the garden is required to wear a covering over their mouth and nose the entire time they are in the garden, even if no one else is there. 

The covering must be on and in use, not simply around one’s neck or in one’s pocket.

We hope that this will allow members wishing to take additional precautions to stop the spread of Covid-19 to feel safe spending time in the garden. These times are not age-restricted.

We are adopting this on a trial basis, and the board welcomes your feedback.

In an effort to provide at least one time each week for a variety of schedules, these hours will be in effect on:

  • Saturdays 10:00 am – Noon
  • Mondays 8:00 – 10:00 am
  • Wednesdays 5:00 – 7:00 pm, and 
  • Thursdays Noon – 2:00

Please continue to maintain a 6-foot distance between yourself and other gardeners, even during these “face-covering required” hours, and use personal gloves when handling shared tools.

Covid-19 Garden Update

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the garden will be closed to the public through April 2020. Check back with us in May for an update of our open hours status.

During the COVID-19 closure period, the garden will not be accepting compost drop-offs. Please do not leave compost outside the gate when the garden is closed.

We share your disappointment in reducing access to the gardens, especially during a crisis, but it is imperative that we all work together to help protect public health and keep our fellow New Yorkers safe. 

If you have any questions, feel free to reach out to contact@phcfarm.com

21st Annual Pumpkin Smash!

Saturday, November 2nd from 12-4PM

Bring your jack o’lantern to smash! Eat baked potatoes and sweet potatoes! Make seed bombs! Listen to music! Have fun!

Free for the whole family!

Ask a Master Gardener – October 26th 2:00-4:00

Have questions about your vegetable plants this past growing season?

Not sure what’s going on with your houseplant?

Ask our Master Gardeners for advice and insights to your planting questions! 

Part 1 Tapestry Workshop for Beginners – Oct 5th

PHCF’s Fiber Arts Series continues with a two-part Tapestry Workshop for Beginners led by Sofia. The workshops are on October 5th from 11:30am-1:30pm and October 26th from Noon-2pm.

Sofia will demonstrate how to warp a simple frame loom, create “butterflies” for the weft, and use inspiration from natural forms in the garden to create a small tapestry. Participants will leave with a piece that they can continue working on at home or bring to the second workshop with any questions.

All materials will be provided and the workshops are free. Everyone is welcome, so please spread the word to friends and family. 

Future workshops at PHCF include knitting, quilting, and crochet. We’re open to suggestions so if there’s something you’re interested in exploring, please let us know at contact@phcfarm.com

Family Social & Garden Open House (October 5th)

252-256 Saint Marks Ave., Brooklyn NY 11238
October 5, 2019, 2:00 – 4:00 pm

Who says the end of summer can’t be fun?

Join Prospect Heights Community Farm (PHCF) for an afternoon of creative DIY activities and snacks. All families, children, and neighbors alike are welcome to:

  • Create Native Wildflower”Seed Bombs” to beautify backyards, empty lots, and tree wells
  • Dig for bugs and other surprises in the “Kids Dig Box”
  • Explore the garden
  • Hot Dogs provided, enjoy lunch in the garden!

Generously sponsored by Brooklyn Botanic Gardens, BKLYN CLAY, and
Prospect Heights Community Farm

Tomato Tasting! September 8th @ 3PM

SO many choices which one to get?  The red one ? The pink one? The one with the green and orange stripes?
Prospect Heights Community Farm at 252 St. Marks between Vanderbilt and Underill is offering the chance to sample a variety of the heirloom tomatoes from our Plant Sale at our Heirloom Tomato Tasting event this Sunday Sept. 8 at 3pm!