Tuesday, April 3, 2012


From Naomi Donabedian, creator of the event:
Brooklyn Dirt Talk Three:
Post-Occupy Wall Street Grass Roots Organizing
 Tuesday, April 17th, 8:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.

Sustainable Flatbush (Anne Pope and Kady Ferguson)
Compost for Brooklyn (Louise Bruce and Rachel Schragis)

Advice from experienced Brooklyn leaders on
founding, motivating, and evaluating for grass roots organizations

Hosted by Meera Bhat

Downstairs @ Sycamore Bar and Flowershop
1118 Cortelyou Road, between E. 11th Street and Argyle Road
(Q train to Cortelyou)
phone: (347) 240-5850
e-mail: sycamorebrooklyn @ gmail.com

website: www.sycamorebrooklyn.com 

Brooklyn Dirt Talk is free.

Only ages twenty-one or older because of the venue.

Facebook page for the event:


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

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

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.

Louis Bruce
began Compost for Brooklyn while a member of New York City’s Department of Parks and Recreation’s Green Apple Corps, where she became certified as a master composter. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree 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. 

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-Racism 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, 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.