Thank you sweet rainstorms of mid-July. Dust bowl conditions in McCarren have been abated! The dogs are refreshed, the farmers are happy, and the gardeners are done lugging water for the moment…and if our lovely worms could smile, you bet they would be smiling. READ ON FOR SOME IMPORTANT UPDATES!
#1 THIS SATURDAY, JULY 17 – Composting Demo at the McCarren Greenmarket. Starting at 11 am! NBCP’s founding member Kate Zidar will be doing a demo about the basics of composting and our awesome little project. Look for her on the blue tarp. She’ll be the one with the compost.
#2 This Sunday, JULY 18, NBPC Potluck Picnic Social! Break out those deviled eggs, potato salads, pies, ice cream and lemonades! Starting at noon, we will be gathering in McCarren Park in the leafy area along Driggs Avenue (right across the street from the dog run and compost site). It is a potluck affair so bring a dish/cold beverage to share. This will be a casual get-to-know your fellow composters event, and is totally and absolutely open to non-NBCPers, so bring friends, families, and foes. Ball games, Frisbees, bocce, horseshoes, guitars and banjos, and anything else that’s playable should come with you, too.
#3 New member orientation – 7/21 and 7/28 at 7 pm! Tiffany T will conduct two new member orientations on Wednesday, June 21 and June 28th. This is your opportunity to learn the whats, whys and whynots.
#4 Call for browns! We are in a need of dry leaves and clean, untreated sawdust/wood shavings! If you have a yard, are woodworker or have another kind of hook up, give us your browns any time during open hours.
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Nice work, composters! We were featured for our Borg-like groupstink and collective action in NY Magazine this weekend. And Dan got a photo credit! Thanks NY Mag!
The New Collectivism – Office shares, dessert swaps, babysitting co-ops, and other ways in which the city is becoming one giant commune.
“One needn’t be a lawn-mowing, barbecue-throwing deep-cover Russian spy to harbor latent socialist tendencies. Not in today’s increasingly communalized New York, where the sharing of everything from cabs to clothes to child care is suddenly modish, promoted by city officials, exploited by entrepreneurs, and pursued by legions of everyday citizens. Granted, there is some idealism at work here—you don’t offer to repair a stranger’s ceiling fan or hand over your living-room couch to a passing traveler without possessing a strong communitarian streak. But the modern collective is more about pragmatism than altruism. You want to buy Greenmarket pork at a wholesale price: Join a pig CSA. Fantasize about owning a Harley, but don’t want to maintain, register, or park it: There’s a company in Gowanus that wants to loan you a shiny new hog. Need help with your sweater-knitting or bike-tuning or app-inventing project? There is a group of like-minded skill-sharers out there somewhere (more likely than not in Brooklyn). On the following pages, we provide details on these and dozens more group-oriented endeavors…”