Casa Frela Garden and Apiary

13 West 119th Street, between Lenox and 5th Ave

Open daily from 12pm to 4pm

Partnering with MIllionTreeNYC, GreenThumb, The Butterfly Project and Tree Giveaways

Designing the flower beds

Author: - Published Tue, Apr 08, 2014 09:45 AM - (1785 Reads)
Something new in the Garden!
We have re-designed the Garden this year. Creating additional room for trees, flowers and herbs.

Garden Update April 2014

Author: - Published Sun, Apr 06, 2014 11:16 AM - (1881 Reads)
We are re-designing the Garden for 2014!
We worked in the garden yesterday for several hours cleaning, re-planting and re-designing. Hope to all of y'all this year in the Garden.

Beeing Creative!

Author: lawrence - Published Fri, Apr 04, 2014 08:46 AM - (2059 Reads)
Keeping Bees!
We met with Gary Pelton of the NYC Beekeeping at the GreenThumb Growtogether 30th Annual Outreach Event on March 29th, 2014 at the Houstos Community College Campus.

About NYC Beekeeping
One thing about this group: it's not just talk. It's actual hands-on work in nearby bee yards, training for successful urban beekeeping, and community service. 

As our membership passes 1500 (!), our purpose remains the same: to bring people together around this exciting and increasingly popular endeavor and ensure that all beekeepers in NYC have access to superior training and mentoring on a range of practices for "Responsible Urban Beekeeping," regardless of ability to pay.


Yesterday Gary, Shayne and I had very successful first meeting. Gary will bring in two hives and we’ll start our training as beekeepers. We selected a spot in the back section of the garden and discussed the layout, the do’s and don’ts, and hopefully the bees will arrived later this month!

Compost at 79th Street Greenmarket

Author: lawrence - Published Mon, Mar 31, 2014 10:41 PM - (2447 Reads)
Compost your Food Scraps at Greenmarket - Nearest location is at 19th Street Greenmarket - Saturdays from 12pm to 3pm
GrowNYC currently offers food scrap collection at 35 Greenmarket locations. Consult our main compost page for a guide of what we do and do not accept.

Please adhere to the drop-off schedule at each location. Food scraps cannot be accepted after stated hours. All locations are year-round unless noted otherwise.

Partnership Academy Fellowship 2014

Author: - Published Mon, Mar 31, 2014 10:36 PM - (1924 Reads)
Casa Frela has been selected to be a Mentor in the Partnership Academy Fellowship 2014.
Photo from the first meeting at the Arsenal in Central Park.

30th Annual GreenThumb Grow Together Conference

Author: - Published Sat, Mar 29, 2014 04:23 PM - (1689 Reads)
Shayne and I had a great time this morning at the 30th Annual GreenThumb Grow Together Conference held at the Hostos Community College in the Bronx.
It was a fun and green day. We were able to attend workshops, visit many green tables and network.

Garden Updates March - May 2014

Author: lawrence - Published Sat, Mar 22, 2014 12:12 AM - (1815 Reads)
Here’s a list of NYC Green Inspirited events we’ll be participating in 2014.
NYCHA Garden Conference
March 14th, 2014

30th Annual GreenThumb GrowTogether Summit
March 29th, 2014

Working w/Kids in Community Gardens
April 12th, 2014

Plant Starts Giveaway
May 3rd, 2014

Explore the Many Uses of Herbs
May 3rd, 2014

Butterfly Project NCY Native Plant Giveaway
May 10th, 2014

Attracting Native Pollinators
May 24th, 2014

Community Composting Operations: Seating Up
May 31st, 2014

Proto: 2013 Butterfly Project Coordinator during the workshop

Grow Our Grassroots 2014 Summit - NYC

Author: lawrence - Published Fri, Mar 21, 2014 09:51 AM - (1556 Reads)
The 3rd annual Grow Our Grassroots Summit in NYC
This year GOG workshops and keynote address were focused around how to use research and date to support community needs and how greening projects help to define and improve civic engagement.

I attended two workshop sessions:

Street Tree and Bioswale Care Workshop - Parks and DEP co-presented about street trees and bioswales and the different ways you can get involved in caring for them.

The New York Compost Project Panel: Resources, Educational Opportunities and More - Learn about the many resources the NYC Compost Project provides, including composting educational programs and compost distribution and ask the composting experts all your pressing questions about compositing in NYC.

We had a great day!

June Magnolia Trees

Author: lawrence - Published Sun, Mar 09, 2014 12:06 AM - (2610 Reads)
We received two "June Magnolia" trees from the "Tree Giveaways" sponsored by New York Restoration Project and MilliontreesNYC.

New York Restoration Project (NYRP) is an non-profit organization dedicated to transforming open space in under-resourced communities to create a greener, more sustainable New York City.


Marching on and forward into Spring!

Author: lawrence - Published Fri, Mar 07, 2014 11:19 PM - (1224 Reads)
Returning to Garden.
This is the first visit back to the garden after a long and very cold winter. We cleaned up a little and moved a few things around. Hopefully we will be able to work in the garden next month.