Occupy the Land UNCONFERENCE is here!
On the weekend of June 1 to 3, New York City Community Garden Coalition will be collaborating with community gardens city-wide, community-based organizations, WhyHunger, and several Occupy Wall Street working groups to hold what is known as an “unconference” in community gardens and other public space venues all over New York City.
An unconference is a participant-driven, non-hierarchical convening in which people freely offer to lead workshops and teach-ins. We intend to imbue our unconference with a spirit of celebration, and provide a platform for dialogue between different groups and struggles, from the local to the global.
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FRIDAY, JUNE 1

Ask a Master Gardener

June 1, 5pm-7pm

Prospect Heights Community Farm, 252 St Marks Ave, Brooklyn

Why won’t my tomato plant grow more than 2 feet tall? Why are these leaves turning yellow? Why is my houseplant losing leaves? Come to the Prospect Heights Community Farm and ask everything about gardening you’ve been wanting to ask a gardener! Our more experienced gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and get you on your way to a great gardening season.
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SATURDAY, JUNE 2

Native Plants in City Gardens

June 2, 9:30a.m. – 12:30p.m.

Church Avenue Communal Garden, E. 21st St. & Kenmore Terrace, Brooklyn, NY 11226

Chris Kreussling (aka Flatbush Gardener) will talk about the benefits of gardening with native plants, even in New York City. Weather permitting, he will lead tours of Sustainable Flatbush’s Native Plant Garden at the Flatbush Reformed Church, now growing into its second year. Wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes.
Get Your Hands Dirty

June 2, 10AM-2PM

Youth Farm at HS for Public Service, 600 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn

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Get your hands dirty while helping the Youth Farm at the High School for Public Service. We need help painting educational signs and planting some of our summer crops. Bring a healthy lunch, a water bottle and work clothes and sturdy closed toe shoes.
New Urban Farms and their Role in Food Justice

June 2, 10AM-2PM

East New York Farms! Hendrix/Livonia Farm, 790 Livonia Ave, Brooklyn

We are starting a new farm on Hendrix Street and Livonia Avenue in East New York as part of our work to increase food access and food sovereignty in our community. Join us on June 2nd to take part in the construction of a new urban farm that will be cultivated by youth and adult farmers providing food for the East New York Farmers Market. This is more of a volunteer day than a formal workshop, though we will take a break during the middle of the day to give a more in-depth history of the East New York Farms! Project and how this site fits into our mission. It will also be a great opportunity to see a farm built from scratch using inexpensive and locally-sourced materials.
Workday and History of Garden Struggles in NYC
The Joseph Daniel Wilson Memorial Garden, 219 W 122nd St, Manhattan
June 2, 10AM-3pm
Workday in the garden: Saturday, June 2, 10AM-3PM–Come prepared to get your hands dirty and learn about/ discuss the history of the garden struggle in NYC. Wear appropriate clothes. We have gloves. Bring a snack to share. While we prune and “bundle” the prunings (city regulations because of the Asian Long-Horned beetle), assemble and install our new white cedar bench, mix our “finished” Bokashi compost with brown.matter, enjoy fresh mulberries and the cool clean air in this relatively small ecospace with its birds, fishes, frogs, tadpoles, bees and yes, even a feral cat colony all living amicably together, we’ll learn about the history of our continuing garden struggle, and how vital it is for us to “Occupy the Land.” Urban Composting: Composting in your backyard or in your apartmentJune 2, 11AM-1PM
Church Avenue Communal Garden, E. 21st St & Kenmore Terrace, Brooklyn
Workshop will be conducted by our master composter Kady Ferguson. Our organization is Sustainable Flatbush and we have developed a compost station, native plant garden, edible and pollinator gardens, on the grounds of the Flatbush Reformed Church.

So far this year our Compost Project has diverted over 1,000 pounds of organic waste from the landfill! We collect kitchen scraps at our Community Compost Dropoffs every Saturday from 11am – 1pm. Our garden open hours are also on Saturday from 9:30am-12:30pm. To join our team contact: Sheryll Durrant (Director, Urban Farm & Garden): sheryll@sustainableflatbush.org
The 1% Invitation

June 2, 11AM-1PM

Garden of Happiness Community Garden, Prospect Ave between 181st and 182nd streets, Bronx

Goldman Sachs workers and Why Hunger will be at the Garden of Happiness June 2 for a day of active engagement. We will be will be doing gardening activities as well as discussing the history of community gardening in New York City.
Peace, Peas, and Justice for Victims of “Stop & Frisk” – How Community Gardens Can Serve as Hubs for Community Organizing

Friends of Brook Park, Brook Ave & E 141st St, Bronx

June 2, 12-6PM

If you are interested in seeing and learning from a real world (in real time) example of how local urban gardens can serve as hubs for organizing around issues impacting their local communities – in this case at Brook Park, the issue of the institutional racism of the Prison Industrial Complex that utilizes racist police tactics of “Stop & Frisk” to target and criminalize young people of color in such a way that places them disproportionately at-risk for a lifetime of incarceration – then Brook Park (located on corner of Brook Avenue and 141st Street in the South Bronx) is the place to be on Saturday June 2, 2012 from 12 – 6 pm. This event will feature “know your rights” resource organizations, guest speakers, and cultural expressions including performances by spoken word artists, etc. Additionally, there wiil be a discussion that will include information on action steps to take to permanently preserve all community gardens. Contact: ray@friendsofbrookpark.org with any questions.
Raising Chickens in NYC

June 2, 12PM

Imani Garden, 91 Schenectady Ave, Brooklyn

An introduction for anyone interested in raising chickens in the city – we can discuss coop design, meeting chickens’ needs, health issues and egg handling. We’ll be able to tour and discuss our own coop, and we welcome stories and pictures from everyone’s chicken experiences.
Tai Chi with Metaphysics

June 2, 12PM

Phoenix Community Garden, Fulton St & Somers St, Brooklyn

Martial arts master Metaphysics Green leads a weekly Tai chi class that combines movement and meditation in Ocean Hill’s beautiful Phoenix Community Garden. Come get grounded and energized for the hard work of creating social justice.
The Healing Powers of Flowers and a Vokashi Composting Workshops June 2, Noon to 3 DeColores Community Garden, 313 E8th St.btwn Aves B & C, Manhattan From noon to 1:30 pm Kate Temple-West, the Friendly Herbalist will share her knowledge of the healing powers of plants and backyard nourishment. From 2 – 3:30 pm Vandra Thorburn, the NYC expert on Vokashi composting, will show us the fundamentals of community garden composting.
Gardens as a Commons, A brief introduction by the Making Worlds.

June 2, 1-1:45pm

Berry Street Gardens, Berry Street between 2nd & 3rd St., Brooklyn

Community gardens are a site of conviviality, reclamation, activism, education, urban occupation, and autonomy. It is a contemporary ‘commons’ shaped by a community through voluntary support from neighborhood gardeners, educators, activists, artists, and all those who enter the space. Join Making Worlds Commons Coalition in this brief introduction on the topic of Garden as a ‘commons’. We will discuss the importance of gardens in various communities and think about how we can as a community continue to support, manage, and acquire new garden spaces in the city. Making Worlds is a collaborative effort by Occupy Wall Street and other groups and individuals to explore the utility of the commons in creating a better world.
Take on the (Vacant) Lot in Your Life

June 2nd – 2-3:30pm

South Williamsburg Garden, S 4th St & Hewes St, Brooklyn

The crew from 596 Acres will lead a workshop that draws on participants experiences and focuses on getting access to vacant public land for community uses. We can start at the South Williamsburg Garden and perhaps work through the 596 acres map to find lots in the area.
Watering for Soil Health and Conservation

June 2 – 2pm-3:30pm

Youth Farm at HS for Public Service, 600 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn

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How much should you water? When? Take the guesswork out of watering your garden and improve your soil health while saving water.
Natural Dye Plants

June 2, 2PM

Phoenix Community Garden, Fulton St & Somers St, Brooklyn

Many familiar garden plants have historically been used to color fabric. The list of already familiar dye plants includes sunflowers, bronze fennel, fig leaves, marigolds, onion skins, and orange cosmos. The Phoenix Community Garden has an extensive dye plant garden, that also includes some that may be new to you, including Japanese indigo and Dyer’s coreposis. This hands-on workshop will discuss how to grow and use these natural, non-toxic, earth-friendly plants.
Bike Carting and Composting

June 2, 2 PM

Imani Garden, 89 Schenectady Ave, Brooklyn

I am a person obsessed with the wastefulness in this city. As such I have become a passionate composter and hopefully soon, bike carter of food wastes. Please come to the Imani Garden to learn more about bike carting and composting. Imani has five composting bins, as well as 50 chickens, a greenhouse and soon a solar powered pond. I hope soon to be picking up food waste from local merchants and composting it. Imani is a growing garden espousing permacutlure principles. Come by and check us out!
Imani has two gardens. The event will be held at Imani I, 89 Schenectady Avenue near Dean Street. The closest train is the A/C stop at Utica. To get to Imani, walk three blocks south to Pacific Street. Turn right at Pacific, walk one block to Schenectady. Turn left. Imani I is in the middle the block.
HaHa Yoga

June 2, 4PM

Greene Acres Community Garden, 334 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn

“Peace through Laughter” = a participatory workshop conducted by certified laughter yoga leader, Phyllis Soonachan, will take place at Greene Acres Garden, corner of Franklin and Greene Avenue in BedStuy, on Saturday, June 2nd at 4 PM. GreeneAcres will also be sponsoring a block party so there will be lots of fun events to be part of.
Children’s Garden Art Workshop

Saturday June 2, 4:00-5:00pm

Children’s Garden, E 12th St & Avenue B, Manhattan

A Children’s garden workshop using natural and botanical materials. Ages 6 and up, younger children must be accompanied by an adult. This workshop will be conducted by artists and educators Suzanne Goldenberg and Begonia Santa-Cecilia, members of the Making Worlds Commons Coalition.
Swarm Organizing w/ Superglitch

June 2, 4pm-5pm

Green Oasis Garden, 390 E. 8th St., Manhattan

Swarm intelligence is an emerging field of biologically inspired artificial intelligence based on the behavioral models of social insects such as ants, bees, wasps and termites. Biological Swarms involve the collective behavior of decentralized, self-organized systems. This session will involve a basic primer on Swarm Intelligence followed by a workshopping session whereby participants imagine how activists might apply Swarming techniques in practice. For example, the honeybees’ waggle dance technique could inspire new ways of locating housing for Occupy protesters.
No-Cost Chicken Coops

June 2, 5PM

Granite Street Community Garden, Granite St btwn Bushwick & Broadway, Brooklyn

The Granite Street Community Garden has a chicken coop constructed entirely out of salvaged materials. Community Gardener Raymond Morgan will explain how he built the garden’s chicken coop, and the basics of egg-laying chicken care.
Hey, Honey!

June 2, 5-6 PM

Green Oasis Garden, 370 E 8th St, Manhattan

Skillshare on making lip balm with members of Green Oasis Garden. Honey based treats will be served!
An Evening of Poetry/Una Tarde de Poesia

June 2, 6:00 pm

Heckscher Children’s Garden, 136 Scholes St, Brooklyn

This is the first ever community event in our garden. Through poetry we will be opening this space to the community, the young, old, friends and neighbors. All are invited to read their favorite poetry of love, hope, struggle, peace, frustration, inspiration, worldly poems and your own poetry. Appetizers are appreciated too.
Squatting Vacant Lots

June 2, 6pm-7:30pm

El Jardin Del Paraiso*, E. 5th Street, between Ave C & D, Manhattan

Workshop will detail the tactics and techniques of squatting (occupying, rehabilitating and defending) vacant lots for the purpose of creating community gardens and parks with and for the local neighborhood residents. Workshop by Frank Morales. *Meet near the willow tree house to start!
Conviviality in The Garden with Artists

La Petit Versailles Garden, E. 2nd St. b’tween Ave B & C

June 2, 8pm-10pm

POTLUCK, PRESENTATIONS, ART, GARDEN PARTY

“The garden is the smallest parcel of the world and then it is the totality of the world.” -Foucault, Of Other Spaces (1967). The conviviality that is possible in the garden is multiplied by it’s ability to be at once many different spaces for those who are present. As the sun sets on this long day, we’ve invited several artists to this informal gathering to reflect on art projects related to nature, gardens, and conviviality. Invited artist include Brian Zegeer, Hsiao Chen, Forest Purnell, and others TBA. For updates check http://vizkult.org

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SUNDAY, JUNE 3rd

Soccer for Harmony All-Day Tournament

June 3, 10 am – 6 pm

Seeds in the Middle, Hamilton Metz Field (Albany/Lefferts Aves. Crown Heights, Brooklyn)

Seeds in the Middle students from Public School 221 for the first time will be showing other kids at a major neighborhood event how they planted, compost with worms, sell at their Hip2B Healthy Market. This is part of Soccer for Harmony and a big Family Day run by 71st Precinct, where Seeds in the Middle is hosting a soccer tournament and kids’ activities to promote healthy food and fitness. All proceeds support programs to empower kids to get healthy, fit, play soccer for free or low-cost AND to keep alive the Crown Heights Farmers Market!

Email: seedsinthemiddle@gmail.com, T: 917-756-4202

Register online at: www.seedsinthemiddle.org
Hugelkultur

June 3, 11AM

Warren St. Marks Community Garden, 623 Warren St, Brooklyn

What to do with wood debris in an environmental sustainable way and to a garden’s benefit.
Gardens of Bushwick Open House

June 3, 2-6pm

Seven Bushwick gardens (map)

Take a self-guided tour of a diverse array of Bushwick’s community gardens. Participating gardens: Bushwick City Farm, Concerned Citizens of Grove St Garden, Eldert St Garden, Granite Street Garden, Madison Square Community Garden, People’s Garden, and Woodbine Street Block Association Garden. Click here for an interactive map and details.
Compost for Brooklyn Block Party

June 3, 11am-5pm

Compost for Brooklyn, E 8th St & Newkirk Ave

We’re having a block party! Take a walk around our neighborhood compost project, chat with lots of other green organizations from Kensington and across the city! Though this is not a workshop, there will be lots to learn and celebrate. Compost for Brooklyn is thrilled for this event to be going on simultaneously with events in community gardens across the city!
Activities: Participate in a fixing session with the Fixers Collective, Learn all about herbs from BUDS, Learn about Brooklyn Neighbors Composting’s exciting project in District 39, Test your knowledge of fermentation and taste sauerkraut with Cantaloupe Alone, Learn about beekeeping and urban gardening from Agrowculture, Recycled jewelry with Rebutton Studios, Western Queens Compost Initiative, Sims Recycling, Farm at Wassaic, 596 Acres, Build it Green!NYC, Urban Martial Arts, Munjoy Metals and many more!
Art for Kids

June 3, 2pm

De Colores Community Garden, 313 E. 8th St, Manhattan

Participatory art project for children from noon until 3pm.
Solidarity, Justice, and Cooperation, oh my! Economics for the rest of us.

June 3rd, 1-2pm

Red Shed Community Garden, 266 Skillman Ave, Brooklyn

We don’t need to wait for the revolution or the apocalypse. We can build and strengthen grassroots practices of mutual aid, direct democracy, ecological sustainability, and cooperation right now. In this workshop, we will talk about an economy that recognizes our inherent interdependence. Known as the solidarity economy in the anti-globalization moment, this is an economy where we meet our needs together with integrity.
Compost-palooza

June 3, 2pm

Morris Jumel Community Garden, 457 W 162nd St, Manhattan

Lets talk about community composting inside and outside, in the garden, in empty lots, and everywhere small scale and large scale and everything in between. Our garden is composting food waste, garden waste, paper and neighborhood leaves in our 3 bin pallet system; our outdoor worm bin as well as at home with bokashi food fermentation. Bring your ideas and concerns and lets figure out better ways to keep organics out of NYC solid waste streams and repair and nourish our soils. If possible please bring one pound or more of compostable organics (broadly defined) preferably obtained from outside of your home.
Photography in the Garden

June 3, 7PM

De Colores Community Garden, 313 E 8th St, Manhattan

We will be presenting slide shows featuring the works of local photographers Dennis edge, the BirdMan of Tompkins Square and Ralph Feldman with fireman photos from the 70′s..
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BROOKLYN

Ask a Master Gardener

June 1, 5pm-7pm

Prospect Heights Community Farm, 252 St Marks Ave, Brooklyn

Why won’t my tomato plant grow more than 2 feet tall? Why are these leaves turning yellow? Why is my houseplant losing leaves? Come to the Prospect Heights Community Farm and ask everything about gardening you’ve been wanting to ask a gardener! Our more experienced gardeners will be on hand to answer questions and get you on your way to a great gardening season.
Native Plants in City Gardens

June 2, 9:30a.m. – 12:30p.m.

Church Avenue Communal Garden, E. 21st St. & Kenmore Terrace, Brooklyn, NY 11226

Chris Kreussling (aka Flatbush Gardener) will talk about the benefits of gardening with native plants, even in New York City. Weather permitting, he will lead tours of Sustainable Flatbush’s Native Plant Garden at the Flatbush Reformed Church, now growing into its second year. Wear comfortable clothing and closed-toe shoes.
Get Your Hands Dirty

June 2, 10AM-2PM

Youth Farm at HS for Public Service, 600 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn

bk farmyards

Get your hands dirty while helping the Youth Farm at the High School for Public Service. We need help painting educational signs and planting some of our summer crops. Bring a healthy lunch, a water bottle and work clothes and sturdy closed toe shoes.
New Urban Farms and their Role in Food Justice

June 2, 10AM-2PM

East New York Farms! Hendrix/Livonia Farm, 790 Livonia Ave, Brooklyn

We are starting a new farm on Hendrix Street and Livonia Avenue in East New York as part of our work to increase food access and food sovereignty in our community. Join us on June 2nd to take part in the construction of a new urban farm that will be cultivated by youth and adult farmers providing food for the East New York Farmers Market. This is more of a volunteer day than a formal workshop, though we will take a break during the middle of the day to give a more in-depth history of the East New York Farms! Project and how this site fits into our mission. It will also be a great opportunity to see a farm built from scratch using inexpensive and locally-sourced materials.
The 1% Invitation

June 2, 11AM-1PM

Garden of Happiness Community Garden, Prospect Ave between 181st and 182nd streets, Bronx

Goldman Sachs workers and Why Hunger will be at the Garden of Happiness June 2 for a day of active engagement. We will be will be doing gardening activities as well as discussing the history of community gardening in New York City.
Raising Chickens in NYC

June 2, 12PM

Imani Garden, 91 Schenectady Ave, Brooklyn

An introduction for anyone interested in raising chickens in the city – we can discuss coop design, meeting chickens’ needs, health issues and egg handling. We’ll be able to tour and discuss our own coop, and we welcome stories and pictures from everyone’s chicken experiences.
Tai Chi with Metaphysics

June 2, 12PM

Phoenix Community Garden, Fulton St & Somers St, Brooklyn

Martial arts master Metaphysics Green leads a weekly Tai chi class that combines movement and meditation in Ocean Hill’s beautiful Phoenix Community Garden. Come get grounded and energized for the hard work of creating social justice.
Gardens as a Commons, A brief introduction by the Making Worlds.

June 2, 1-1:45pm

Berry Street Gardens, Berry Street between 2nd & 3rd St., Brooklyn

Community gardens are a site of conviviality, reclamation, activism, education, urban occupation, and autonomy. It is a contemporary ‘commons’ shaped by a community through voluntary support from neighborhood gardeners, educators, activists, artists, and all those who enter the space. Join Making Worlds Commons Coalition in this brief introduction on the topic of Garden as a ‘commons’. We will discuss the importance of gardens in various communities and think about how we can as a community continue to support, manage, and acquire new garden spaces in the city. Making Worlds is a collaborative effort by Occupy Wall Street and other groups and individuals to explore the utility of the commons in creating a better world.
Take on the (Vacant) Lot in Your Life

June 2nd – 2-3:30pm

South Williamsburg Garden, S 4th St & Hewes St, Brooklyn

The crew from 596 Acres will lead a workshop that draws on participants experiences and focuses on getting access to vacant public land for community uses. We can start at the South Williamsburg Garden and perhaps work through the 596 acres map to find lots in the area.
Watering for Soil Health and Conservation

June 2 – 2pm-3:30pm

Youth Farm at HS for Public Service, 600 Kingston Ave, Brooklyn

bk farmyards

How much should you water? When? Take the guesswork out of watering your garden and improve your soil health while saving water.
Natural Dye Plants

June 2, 2PM

Phoenix Community Garden, Fulton St & Somers St, Brooklyn

Many familiar garden plants have historically been used to color fabric. The list of already familiar dye plants includes sunflowers, bronze fennel, fig leaves, marigolds, onion skins, and orange cosmos. The Phoenix Community Garden has an extensive dye plant garden, that also includes some that may be new to you, including Japanese indigo and Dyer’s coreposis. This hands-on workshop will discuss how to grow and use these natural, non-toxic, earth-friendly plants.
Bike Carting and Composting

June 2, 2 PM

Imani Garden, 89 Schenectady Ave, Brooklyn

I am a person obsessed with the wastefulness in this city. As such I have become a passionate composter and hopefully soon, bike carter of food wastes. Please come to the Imani Garden to learn more about bike carting and composting. Imani has five composting bins, as well as 50 chickens, a greenhouse and soon a solar powered pond. I hope soon to be picking up food waste from local merchants and composting it. Imani is a growing garden espousing permacutlure principles. Come by and check us out!
Imani has two gardens. The event will be held at Imani I, 89 Schenectady Avenue near Dean Street. The closest train is the A/C stop at Utica. To get to Imani, walk three blocks south to Pacific Street. Turn right at Pacific, walk one block to Schenectady. Turn left. Imani I is in the middle the block.
HaHa Yoga

June 2, 4PM

Greene Acres Community Garden, 334 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn

“Peace through Laughter” = a participatory workshop conducted by certified laughter yoga leader, Phyllis Soonachan, will take place at Greene Acres Garden, corner of Franklin and Greene Avenue in BedStuy, on Saturday, June 2nd at 4 PM. GreeneAcres will also be sponsoring a block party so there will be lots of fun events to be part of.
No-Cost Chicken Coops

June 2, 5PM

Granite Street Community Garden, Granite St btwn Bushwick & Broadway, Brooklyn

The Granite Street Community Garden has a chicken coop constructed entirely out of salvaged materials. Community Gardener Raymond Morgan will explain how he built the garden’s chicken coop, and the basics of egg-laying chicken care.

An Evening of Poetry/Una Tarde de Poesia

June 2, 6:00 pm

Heckscher Children’s Garden, 136 Scholes St, Brooklyn

This is the first ever community event in our garden. Through poetry we will be opening this space to the community, the young, old, friends and neighbors. All are invited to read their favorite poetry of love, hope, struggle, peace, frustration, inspiration, worldly poems and your own poetry. Appetizers are appreciated too.
Soccer for Harmony All-Day Tournament

June 3, 10 am – 6 pm

Seeds in the Middle, Hamilton Metz Field (Albany/Lefferts Aves. Crown Heights, Brooklyn)

Seeds in the Middle students from Public School 221 for the first time will be showing other kids at a major neighborhood event how they planted, compost with worms, sell at their Hip2B Healthy Market. This is part of Soccer for Harmony and a big Family Day run by 71st Precinct, where Seeds in the Middle is hosting a soccer tournament and kids’ activities to promote healthy food and fitness. All proceeds support programs to empower kids to get healthy, fit, play soccer for free or low-cost AND to keep alive the Crown Heights Farmers Market!

Email: seedsinthemiddle@gmail.com, T: 917-756-4202

Register online at: www.seedsinthemiddle.org
Hugelkultur

June 3, 11AM

Warren St. Marks Community Garden, 623 Warren St, Brooklyn

What to do with wood debris in an environmental sustainable way and to a garden’s benefit.
Gardens of Bushwick Open House

June 3, 2-6pm

Seven Bushwick gardens (map)

Take a self-guided tour of a diverse array of Bushwick’s community gardens. Participating gardens: Bushwick City Farm, Concerned Citizens of Grove St Garden, Eldert St Garden, Granite Street Garden, Madison Square Community Garden, People’s Garden, and Woodbine Street Block Association Garden. Click here for an interactive map and details.
Compost for Brooklyn Block Party
June 3, 11AM-5PM
Compost for Brooklyn, E 8th St & Newkirk Ave
We’re having a block party! Take a walk around our neighborhood compost project, chat with lots of other green organizations from Kensington and across the city! Though this is not a workshop, there will be lots to learn and celebrate. Compost for Brooklyn is thrilled for this event to be going on simultaneously with events in community gardens across the city!
Activities: Participate in a fixing session with the Fixers Collective, Learn all about herbs from BUDS, Learn about Brooklyn Neighbors Composting’s exciting project in District 39, Test your knowledge of fermentation and taste sauerkraut with Cantaloupe Alone, Learn about beekeeping and urban gardening from Agrowculture, Recycled jewelry with Rebutton Studios, Western Queens Compost Initiative, Sims Recycling, Farm at Wassaic, 596 Acres, Build it Green!NYC, Urban Martial Arts, Munjoy Metals and many more!

Solidarity, Justice, and Cooperation, oh my! Economics for the rest of us

June 3rd, 1-2pm

Red Shed Community Garden, 266 Skillman Ave, Brooklyn

We don’t need to wait for the revolution or the apocalypse. We can build and strengthen grassroots practices of mutual aid, direct democracy, ecological sustainability, and cooperation right now. In this workshop, we will talk about an economy that recognizes our inherent interdependence. Known as the solidarity economy in the anti-globalization moment, this is an economy where we meet our needs together with integrity.
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MANHATTAN

Workday and History of Garden Struggles in NYC

The Joseph Daniel Wilson Memorial Garden, 219 W 122nd St, Manhattan

June 2, 10AM-3pm

Workday in the garden: Saturday, June 2, 10AM-3PM–Come prepared to get your hands dirty and learn about/ discuss the history of the garden struggle in NYC. Wear appropriate clothes. We have gloves. Bring a snack to share. While we prune and “bundle” the prunings (city regulations because of the Asian Long-Horned beetle), assemble and install our new white cedar bench, mix our “finished” Bokashi compost with brown.matter, enjoy fresh mulberries and the cool clean air in this relatively small ecospace with its birds, fishes, frogs, tadpoles, bees and yes, even a feral cat colony all living amicably together, we’ll learn about the history of our continuing garden struggle, and how vital it is for us to “Occupy the Land.”
Children’s Garden Art Workshop

Saturday June 2, 4:00-5:00pm

Children’s Garden, E 12th St & Avenue B, Manhattan

A Children’s garden workshop using natural and botanical materials. Ages 6 and up, younger children must be accompanied by an adult. This workshop will be conducted by artists and educators Suzanne Goldenberg and Begonia Santa-Cecilia, members of the Making Worlds Commons Coalition.
The Healing Powers of Flowers and a Vokashi Composting Workshops June 2, Noon to 3 DeColores Community Garden, 313 E8th St.btwn Aves B & C, Manhattan From noon to 1:30 pm Kate Temple-West, the Friendly Herbalist will share her knowledge of the healing powers of plants and backyard nourishment. From 2 – 3:30 pm Vandra Thorburn, the NYC expert on Vokashi composting, will show us the fundamentals of community garden composting.
Swarm Organizing w/ Superglitch

June 2, 4pm-5pm

Green Oasis Garden, 390 E. 8th St., Manhattan

Swarm intelligence is an emerging field of biologically inspired artificial intelligence based on the behavioral models of social insects such as ants, bees, wasps and termites. Biological Swarms involve the collective behavior of decentralized, self-organized systems. This session will involve a basic primer on Swarm Intelligence followed by a workshopping session whereby participants imagine how activists might apply Swarming techniques in practice. For example, the honeybees’ waggle dance technique could inspire new ways of locating housing for Occupy protesters.
Hey, Honey!

June 2, 5-6 PM

Green Oasis Garden, 370 E 8th St, Manhattan

Skillshare on making lip balm with members of Green Oasis Garden. Honey based treats will be served!
Squatting Vacant Lots

June 2, 6pm-7:30pm

El Jardin Del Paraiso, E.5th Street, between Ave C & D

*Meet near the willow tree house to start

Workshop will detail the tactics and techniques of squatting (occupying, rehabilitating and defending) vacant lots for the purpose of creating community gardens and parks with and for the local neighborhood residents. Workshop by Frank Morales.
Conviviality in The Garden with Artists

La Petit Versailles Garden, E. 2nd St. b’tween Ave B & C

June 2, 8pm-10pm

POTLUCK, PRESENTATIONS, ART, GARDEN PARTY

“The garden is the smallest parcel of the world and then it is the totality of the world.” -Foucault, Of Other Spaces (1967)

The conviviality that is possible in the garden is multiplied by it’s ability to be at once many different spaces for those who are present. As the sunsets on this long day, we’ve invited several artists to this informal gathering to reflect on art projects related to nature, gardens, and conviviality. Invited artist include Brian Zegeer, Hsiao Chen, Forest Purnell, and others TBA. For updates check http://vizkult.org
Art for Kids

June 3, 2 PM

De Colores Community Garden, 313 E. 8th St, Manhattan

Participatory art project for children from noon until 3pm.
Compost-palooza

June 3, 2pm

Morris Jumel Community Garden, 457 W 162nd St, Manhattan

Lets talk about community composting inside and outside, in the garden, in empty lots, and everywhere small scale and large scale and everything in between. Our garden is composting food waste, garden waste, paper and neighborhood leaves in our 3 bin pallet system; our outdoor worm bin as well as at home with bokashi food fermentation. Bring your ideas and concerns and lets figure out better ways to keep organics out of NYC solid waste streams and repair and nourish our soils. If possible please bring one pound or more of compostable organics (broadly defined) preferably obtained from outside of your home.
Photography in the Garden

June 3, 7PM

De Colores Community Garden, 313 E 8th St, Manhattan

We will be presenting slide shows featuring the works of local photographers, Dennis Edge, the BirdMan of Tompkins Square and Ralph Feldman, with fireman photos of the 70′s.
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BRONX

The 1% Invitation
June 2, 11AM-1PM
Garden of Happiness Community Garden, Prospect Ave between 181st and 182nd streets, Bronx
Goldman Sachs workers and Why Hunger will be at the Garden of Happiness June 2 for a day of active engagement. We will be will be doing gardening activities as well as discussing the history of community gardening in New York City.
Peace, Peas, and Justice for Victims of “Stop & Frisk” – How Community Gardens Can Serve as Hubs for Community Organizing
Friends of Brook Park, Brook Ave & E 141st St, Bronx
June 2, 12-6PMIf you are interested in seeing and learning from a real world (in real time) example of how local urban gardens can serve as hubs for organizing around issues impacting their local communities – in this case at Brook Park, the issue of the institutional racism of the Prison Industrial Complex that utilizes racist police tactics of “Stop & Frisk” to target and criminalize young people of color in such a way that places them disproportionately at-risk for a lifetime of incarceration – then Brook Park (located on corner of Brook Avenue and 141st Street in the South Bronx) is the place to be on Saturday June 2, 2012 from 12 – 6 pm. This event will feature “know your rights” resource organizations, guest speakers, and cultural expressions including performances by spoken word artists, etc. Additionally, there wiil be a discussion that will include information on action steps to take to permanently preserve all community gardens. Contact: ray@friendsofbrookpark.org – if you any questions.Peace, Peas, and Justice