Earth Day with GreenThumb

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

12:00 p.m.7:00 p.m.

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April 22nd marks the 50th year of Earth Day and this year’s theme is climate action!

Join GreenThumb for day-long virtual workshops facilitated by GreenThumb staff and NYC greening partners, with inspiring keynote addresses from Toshi Reagon, artist and performer, and Leah Penniman, farmer and activist at Soul Fire Farm. This year’s family-friendly workshops are focused on DIY activities that you can do at home for a low cost, including making your own native plant seed balls, producing your own food by growing in your window sill, managing kitchen waste through vermicomposting, and launching a community seed library. 

  • Vermicomposting at Home (and Earth Day kickoff)
    Wednesday, April 22: noon - 1:00 p.m. 
    Recycle your food scraps into nutritious compost for your plants with the help of redworms! GreenThumb staff Claudia Urdanivia and Vanessa Ventola will demonstrate how you can build a small vermicomposting system at home.
    Please RSVP on Eventbrite so we can be in touch with information for joining virtually. 
  • Grow Greens in your Window Sill
    Wednesday, April 22: 1:30 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. 
    Join community gardener and educator Maureen O'Brien (Brooklyn Botanic Garden) for a demonstration on how to grow edible greens and herbs at home on your window sill. This webinar will cover what you can grow, space, light, seeds, and plant requirements, with plenty of time for Q&A.
    Please RSVP on Eventbrite so we can be in touch with information for joining virtually. 
  • How to Make and Use Native Seed Balls to Protect Biodiversity
    Wednesday, April 22: 3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. 
    How can New York City residents protect biodiversity in their own communities? Creating and spreading native seed balls can provide an engaging and empowering route. Join this virtual demonstration to learn how. Facilitated by Jade Johnson and Navida Vignoles (New York Botanical Garden).
    Please RSVP on Eventbrite so we can be in touch with information for joining virtually.
  • How to Build and Manage a Community Seed Library
    Wednesday, April 22: 4:30 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. 
    Keeping seeds connects us to our past and to our resilient, collective future. This workshop will help growers seed a community of change within their gardens by providing them with an overview of urban seed keeping practices, including strategies and best practices for starting a small, local seed library and how to plan your garden around your seed-saving goals. Facilitated by Eric Rodriguez (The High Line).
    Please RSVP on Eventbrite so we can be in touch with information for joining virtually.

Earth Day Keynote Addresses
Wednesday, April 22: 6:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
We are thrilled and grateful to announce that our original headline speakers for the GreenThumb GrowTogether conference are able to join us remotely on Earth Day! Tune into the GreenThumb's Facebook page to hear their addresses for community gardeners during these uncertain and tumultuous times, when community gardens are more important than ever before.

Toshi Reagon
Toshi Reagon (Singer, Composer, Musician, Curator, Producer) is a talented and versatile singer, composer, musician, with a profound ear for sonic Americana—from folk to funk, from blues to rock. While her expansive career has landed her at Carnegie Hall, the Paris Opera House and Madison Square Garden, you can just as easily find Toshi turning out at a music festival, intimate venue or local club. 
Toshi Reagon is a one-woman celebration of all that’s dynamic, progressive and uplifting in American music. Since first taking to the stage at age 17, this versatile singer-songwriter-guitarist has moved audiences of all kinds with her big-hearted, hold-nothing-back approach to rock, blues, R&B, country, folk, spirituals, and funk. Her musical adaptation of Octavia E. Butler's Parable of the Sower brings together 30 powerful songs drawn from 200 years of Black music to give musical life to Butler’s acclaimed science fiction novel of the same name. Written by Toshi Reagon, who Vibe Magazine called “one helluva rock ’n’ roller-coaster ride,” in collaboration with her mother, Bernice Johnson Reagon, the iconic singer, scholar and activist, Parable of the Sower becomes a mesmerizing theatrical work of rare power and beauty that reveals deep insights on gender, race, and the future of human civilization. 
Leah Penniman
Leah Penniman is a Black Kreyol educator, farmer/peyizan, author, and food justice activist from Soul Fire Farm in Grafton, NY. She co-founded Soul Fire Farm in 2010 with the mission to end racism in the food system and reclaim our ancestral connection to land. As co-Executive Director, Leah is part of a team that facilitates powerful food sovereignty programs - including farmer training for Black & Brown people, a subsidized farm food distribution program for communities living under food apartheid, and domestic and international organizing toward equity in the food system. Leah has been farming since 1996, holds an MA in Science Education and a BA in Environmental Science and International Development from Clark University, and is a Manye (Queen Mother) in Vodun. The work of Leah and Soul Fire Farm has been recognized by the Soros Racial Justice Fellowship, Fulbright Program, Grist 50, and the James Beard Award, among others. Her book, Farming While Black: Soul Fire Farm's Practical Guide to Liberation on the Land is a love song for the land and her people. 


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