Tuesday, January 3, 2012


Brooklyn Dirt Talk: Monthly Talks on Urban Farming and Gardening
Dirt Talk One: Urban Agriculture with John Ameroso 
Wednesday, January 18th, 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Downstairs at Sycamore Bar + Flowershop, 1118 Cortelyou Road, between E. 11th Street and Argyle Road. For ages 21 and up. (Q train to Cortelyou)
Hosted by Meera Bhat

From the event announcement:
In 1976 John Ameroso piloted the Urban Gardening Program with Cornell University Cooperative Extension, and through his efforts successfully set the ground for Extension education in urban horticulture and food production for New York City. Mr. Ameroso served as President of the New York State Association of County Agricultural Agents (1997) and serves on the Boards of Directors for four organizations - one concerned with environmental “greening” issues (Neighborhood Open Space Coalition); one involved with local food security issues (Just Food); another with youth development utilizing agriculture and food accessibility programs (Added Value); the other promoting and supporting farmers’ markets throughout New York State (Farmers’ Market Federation of New York). Two of his programs have received National recognition: Rikers Island Prison Farm Project and The Gericke Organic Farm Education Project at Clay Pit Pond State Park in Staten Island.

Meera Bhat is part of the team at Prospect Farm (http://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.
Cantaloupe Alone is the creator of this event and a food blog run by Kensington, Brooklyn based Naomi Donabedian. http://www.cantaloupealone.com.