Dirt Talk 3: Post-OWS Grass Roots Organizing

Dirt Talk Three: Post-OWS Grass Roots Organizing
with Sustainable Flatbush (Anne Pope + Kady Ferguson) and Compost for Brooklyn (Louise Bruce + Rachel Schragis)
Advice from experienced Brooklyn leaders on founding, motivating, and evaluating for grass roots organizations.

Tuesday April 17st, 2012
8 - 9:30 pm
Downstairs @ Sycamore Bar and Flowershop, 21+
1118 Cortelyou RD, BK (Q train to Cortelyou)
Hosted by Meera Bhat

Event on Facebook.


Sustainable Flatbush brings neighbors together to mobilize, educate, and advocate for sustainable living in their Brooklyn neighborhood and beyond and is founded by Anne Pope 
www. sustainableflatbush.org/

Compost for Brooklyn In March 2010, the corner lot on Newkirk Avenue and East 8th Street was vacant, unused, and full of trash. With no funding and a single shovel, neighbors and friends came together to tackle the project of transforming the space into a community composting project. In 2011, Compost for Brooklyn composted 50,000 pounds of food scraps and yard waste from about 200 households, welcomed 4,500 visitors, and formed lasting partnerships with numerous organizations from the local level to the international. www.compostforbrooklyn.org/

Louis Bruce began Compost for Brooklyn while a member of NYC’s Department of Parks and Recreation’s Green Apple Corps, where she became certified as a master composter. She received her Bachelor of Arts in China and Asia Pacific Studies with a focus on environmental issues from Cornell University and is currently pursuing a Master of Urban Planning at NYU’s Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service.

Kady Ferguson is a Community Ninja / Rotten Food Enthusiast / Volunteer Engager / Sustainable Communities / Sustainable Business of Sustainable Flatbush

Rachel Schragis is an artist, educator and native New Yorker. Best known within OWS for her flow-chart visualization of the movement's declaration, she works primarily with the the Arts & Culture working group and Anti-Racist Allies working group. As a compost educator with Compost for Brooklyn, Rachel represents c4b in schools. She is also a teaching artist with Wingspan Arts.

Meera Bhat is part of the team at Prospect Farm (www.prospectfarm.org), a neighborhood growing initiative in Windsor Terrace that is working together to grow food in a formerly vacant lot. She lives in Prospect Park South and works as a project manager at the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University. She also leads a girl scout troop, if you're looking for cookies.

Cantaloupe Alone is the creator of this event and a food blog for people with garlic breath by Kensington, Brooklyn based Naomi Donabedian www.cantaloupealone.com


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