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    Dear Gardener,

    Our water will be shut off this Sunday November 15 at 8 A.M. If you have water inside your plot please make sure you unlock your gate so we can get in to blow the water out of the pipes. If you do not leave your garden unlocked and we have to cut it, you will be responsible for replacing it.


    Dear Gardeners,

    Our thanks to those of you who preordered. You have received a separate email. Your plants are reserved for you. If you have changed your mind please let us know. If you did not preorder, we still have some plants available.

    The sale will take place on Saturday September 26 from 10 am to 2pm at the Row A Gazebo. To ensure the health during the plant sale we are asking you to follow the CDC safety guidelines. Masks will be required (we have some available). We are also asking you to place your money (exact amount) in an envelope (we will have some) Plants are $1 each. We will have broccoli, spinach, lettuce collards and kale available in limited quantities – first come first served.

    We look forward to seeing you.

    Gail and Adriann

    Dear Gardeners,

    I would like to remind you that FBGA is a totally volunteer organization. No one gets a salary. The red barrels in the picnic area that say charcoal only and have a wire grid on top are for charcoal ashes only. When you bend back the covering and fill them with trash, another gardener has to go around and clean out each barrel and bring the trash to the dumpster. This is not fair to your fellow gardeners. When using the picnic area you are expected to remove your own trash and place your charcoal ashes in the red barrels. There is no burning of branches or wood allowed in the barbeque grills as per NPS rules. Please be respectful of your fellow gardeners and follow the rules.

    Thank you


    Dear Gardeners,

    Thank you for your cooperation during the last 2 weeks. NPS has issued the following conditions under which we may barbeque and picnic. Please follow these restrictions when using the picnic area.


    Outdoor Grilling may now resume subject to the restrictions identified in Covid Safety Operations Plan submitted to NPS as follows:

    Picnic Area – Opened to Garden Members and their guests Only. All other persons will be asked to leave. Garden member must be present with their guests.  

    1. The picnic area will be open in accordance with procedures followed by City Parks. Groups must be limited to no more than 25 people 
    2. Picnics and barbecues will be allowed with the following restrictions: tables have been set up in groups separated by at least 20 feet. Tables are not to be moved without permission of Operations and Maintenance. 
    3. Groups of no more than 25 people will be allowed provided that face coverings and social distancing guidelines issued by the CDC, NYS and NYC will be followed at all times 
    4. Only charcoal fires are allowed in barbecue grills. THERE IS NO BURNING OF WOOD, OR TREE BRANCHES ALLOWED 
    5. Trash must be taken out of the Picnic Area and placed in the Dumpster .
    6. ·  Open and other cooking fires shall be constantly attended by a competent person until such fire is extinguished.
    7. ·  A garden or other type of hose connected to a functioning, near-by water supply or other fire-extinguishing equipment must be readily available for use.
    8. ·  Grills or other similar devices used for cooking and related purposes may not be used or kindled on any balcony, under any overhanging portion, or within 10 ft (3 m) of any structure.

    Rockaway Free Fridge Vegetable Donation will be at the garden tomorrow (Sunday) at 4pm. If you have any vegetables to donate please put them in a bag and bring to the COCG gazebo before 4PM.

    Thank you for your contribution

    Vegetable donation is tomorrow at the COCG. Please bring the veggies you are donating in a bag to the COCG Gazebo. Pick up is at 4pm


    I received this email yesterday. Please make sure you follow the notice and do not barbeque.

    Thank you


    Dear Mr. Arendt,

    As you know, the National Park Service has undertaken efforts to address COVID-19 health and safety considerations based on guidance issued by the White House, State government, and local jurisdictions. In an effort to comply with and implement an Adaptive Operations Recovery Plan, legal authorizations such as Leases allowing use and occupancy of park lands and facilities in Gateway National Recreation Area are being modified to protect visitors and resources. The COVID-19 Business Operating Plan you have submitted to NPS for the Floyd Bennett Gardens Association has been accepted with the exception of barbecuing, which is prohibited until further notice, and is now incorporated as part of the below identified legal authorization. Picnicking is allowed in accordance with the Plan.

    Dear Gardeners,

    Many of you have asked me to look into a way for us to donate our extra produce. Some of you may be familiar with the free food fridge program. Small community groups are setting up free fridges in their neighborhood and are looking for food donations. I am in touch with 2 groups and we are trying to work out details for them to pick up our vegetables on either Saturdays or Sundays, late afternoon. We would send out an email with the time, date, and location ;(in the garden) for you to bring any extra produce you have. This totally voluntary. You would not be required to contribute a specific vegetable, amount etc. If you would be interested in participating please let me know.



    Pumpkin Patch

    This year we may not have a Halloween party but we will have pumpkins to distribute to the children of FBGA. Joe Nerone from the FBGA Children’s Pumpkin Patch needs a dry basement, garage or mud room to store the first harvest of pumpkins that are ripe at the end of August so the rodents don’t destroy them. He has a car to facilitate this. If you can help please contact Joe.

    Professional pumpkin farmers haul the pumpkins out of the fields and store them in the barn until Halloween so the rodents don’t decimate them, we don’t have that luxury at FBGA.

    Joseph N. Nerone

    Picnic Area Trash

    This past weekend the picnic area was full. We are glad you are enjoying the picnic area and would like to remind you of a few things

    1. NYC is in phase 2 of reopening. Groups of up to 10 people are allowed
    2. When you put your picnic trash into the trash cans in the parking area do not overflow the cans. Seagulls , and other animals come by and pick open the bags looking for food. They scatter the trash all over the parking area. We are asking all picnickers to put there trash in the dumpster to avoid this problem.

    If we cannot follow these rules, we will close the picnic area.


    Poison Ivy

    There have been reports of gardeners finding poison ivy in their plots. Please be careful as you remove weeds from your plot. If you see poison ivy put on plastic coverings (hands and feet) dig it out by the roots. Wash shovel, clothing, hands etc. that may have come in contact with it.If you are not sure what it looks like, google poison ivy jpg to see what it looks like

    Adriann Musson

    Dear Gardeners,

    I am happy to share the email I received from NPS. Starting tomorrow Floyd Bennett Field will be open to the public. This means that we will be able to garden from sunrise to sunset, use the picnic area and habitat, subject to the CDC and City guidelines. This means maintaining social distance, wearing masks, and limiting groups to 10 people. Please read below for details.


    Education Committee Zoom Workshops

    My apologies to those of you who were not able to log in to last weeks zoom workshop. I accidentally set up two meetings for the same time and each had different passwords and ID numbers. I am now aware of it and will make sure that it doesn’t happen again. I have scheduled another workshop for Sunday June 7, 10:30 AM -12:00 PM. The topic will be Medicinal uses for culinary herbs. Many of the herbs we grow can also be used to ease minor health issues. In this workshop we will discus 12 herbs that are easy to grow or find in the supermarket, that can serve a dual purpose. Anyone interested send me an email and I will send you the log in information.