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GreenThumb Summer Festival

Saturday, June 21, 2014

10:00 a.m.4:00 p.m.

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GreenThumb invites you to join our community gardeners and partners for the 2014 GreenThumb Summer Festival!  Enjoy live music and dance, gardening workshops, children's activities, food demonstrations and much more.  Come meet GreenThumb’s many partner organizations and learn about the resources we offer to help New Yorkers grow successful urban gardens. This festival is a celebration to recognize GreenThumb community volunteer gardeners throughout New York City.

Live entertainment includes the Equinox Steel Drum Group, St. Mary's Dance Team, Santos and the Romantics Plus 4 Salsa Orchestra, Faber's Angels Dance Group, Michelle Marie Jazz Trio and Stan's Pepper Steppers Double Dutch.


Bird House Building Workshop
By Luis Easuizaca and Harold Paynter, 11:00am to 12:00pm
Children of all ages come to the Children Zone and learn how to build a birdhouse with pre-cut wood and basic tools for your garden birds.

Straw Bale Gardening for Small Spaces, School Gardens and Patios
By Christopher Benhorst, 11:30am to 12:30pm
Straw bales are an ideal vehicle for growing in small spaces, an alternative for traditional raised beds and so much more. Plant summer vegetables and tomatoes, greens in the spring and fall. Completely biodegradable, after a season or two they break down into compost. Come learn how to prep and plant your straw bale garden. Community Gardeners can sign up at this workshop to receive free bales at the end of the festival!

Canning Workshop
By Classie Parker, 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Enjoy the bounty of the growing season and learn to preserve your harvest! Join Classie Parker as she demonstrates how to preserve your harvest all year long.

School Food's Garden to Cafe Demo
By George Edwards and Peter Forte, 1:15pm to 2:15pm
The Garden to Cafe Program plans to demonstrate several salad vinaigrette recipes we use in the program as a way to show people that good, tasty, healthy food isn't that complicated to make. We plan to use produce available at most local farmers markets and have audience members join us in the preparation.

Window Gardening
By Lillian Reyes, 1:45pm to 2:45pm
Learn how urban gardeners can make the most out of every inch of available space by using window boxes and containers to grow edibles or ornamentals. Topics include creating the right design, finding the best soil mixture, year-round maintenance, and tips for planting. Community Gardeners are elidgible to win a raffle prize at the end of the workshop.

You are what You EAT!
By Harlem Seeds, 2:15pm to 3:15pm
We will create a dish as we have a discussion about food. Together we will explore our relationship with food and how we support one another to think about what we put into our bodies.

Special thanks to our partners Whole Foods, Heritage Roses, Utz Pretzels, Cabot Cheese, Urban Garden Center, Bohemia Realty Group, Duggal Visual Solutions and Jamba Juice.


The Marcus Garvey Park Amphitheater in Marcus Garvey Park
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