Spring Updates

We had an active spring at the co-op, sponsoring topical movies on hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” and the bottled water industry as well as the movie Waste Land, which was nominated for an Academy Award. For the first time, we partnered with the student center at Brooklyn College to show two of these movies, while sustaining our collaboration with Sustainable Flatbush, the Ditmas Park West Neighborhood Association, and Temple Beth Isaac. We also partnered
with Food and Water Watch to show Tapped and hope to partner with this group again in the future.

Despite adverse weather conditions, many stalwart gardeners turned out to participate in our second annual Plant Swap, another collaboration with Sustainable Flatbush. In all, there were 155 trades of a range of perennial plants, houseplants, herbs, and vegetables. This was less than last year, but a very positive outcome given the wet, windy, and
chilly conditions we encountered that day.

Our scheduled May 15th Clearwater sloop sail also fell victim to the weather, and was cancelled at the eleventh hour as we all headed for the 79th St. Boat Basin. Many co-opers reconvened at Barry and Gill Smith’s house in Fiske Terrace for an impromptu pot-luck instead. The outing was rescheduled for mid-July, leaving from Red Hook.