Mud Balls, Double Digging, Mobile Gardens, Oh My!

Posted on July 15th, 2011

We're really excited about our upcoming event at Weeksville Heritage Center. The LP and NYFA Immigrant Artist Project have been planning this day of greening and urban beautification workshops for a little while now and we hope this is just the beginning. Take a closer look at what's been planned for this day of weekend fun.

Where: Weeksville Heritage Center, 1698 Bergen Street, Brooklyn, NY 11213
When: Saturday, July 30, 2011 | 12pm - 5pm
Cost: Free and open to the public

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From 12pm to 4pm drop into any one of these workshops and stick around for a big ole' picnic in Weeksville's Garden from 4pm to 5pm (BYO small dish):
Making an Apartment Planter with Household Materials
Yemi Amu and Aki Hirata-Baker, Adopt-a-Farmbox

Why throw away your perfectly 'good', non-degradable garbage? Use items like plastic water bottles, detergent bottles and old newspaper to create planters to take home! Bring your clean empty bottles and we'll provide the rest.
How to Solarize A Toy
Jocelyn Cohen, PhD, Sustainable Flatbush Energy Solutions Project Manager

In this basic intro to solar-electric projects we will use a small multi-meter to test the current and voltage of mini-solar panels to figure out the power requirements of a small toy or electronic device. Join us as we wire panels together to make a toy run on solar.

DIY: Tips on how to make your Home Sustainable
Jay-E Emmingham and Rasu Jilani, Pratt Center for Community Development

How can communities play their part in becoming more conscious of sustainable living? Join us to learn more about sustainable energy, weatherization techniques for your home or apartment and how to make your own cleaning products. We will also provide information about free home energy audits for homeowners and other ways to stay involved. Special guest David Magid from You Save Green will also provide information about free home energy audits for homeowners and other ways to stay involved.
Double Digging to Grow More in Less Space
Jason Gaspar, Artist and Farmer

Jason Gaspar will share the process of double digging, some information on soil remediation and the benefits of companion planting. Stick around for his guacamole making workshop at the end of the day, which will take place right before the Seeding the City potluck.
Learn the Benefits of Permaculture
Claudia Joseph, Environmental Educator, Consultant, and Artist

Claudia will highlight some permaculture techniques for gardening in difficult spaces. Permaculture is a design practice that emphasizes the relationship between people and elements in a landscape and turns waste into benefit.
Her beautiful photographs will show you how.
Learn how to Purify Water with Microbial Mud Balls
Miki Katagiri, Dee Dee Maucher and Shig Matsukawa, Artists

Join Miki as she makes mudballs made of bokashi and dirt. By fermenting a concoction of molasses, effective microorganisms and water and later mixing with dirt, these mudballs break down lignin, fibers, cellulose, and chitin and suppresses pathogens in water. Simply put - these mudballs can break down the bad stuff in water and make it potable!
Learn How to Build a Mobile Garden
Tattfoo Tan, Artist

This workshop will show you easy strategies for making a mobile garden. No experience needed, just come with a creative mind and bring any
found objects with wheels. These include, office chairs, luggage, strollers, skateboards, etc. Plants and tools will be provided. At the end of the workshop, you’ll also be certified as a Mobile Gardener.

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