NYC Parks Special Events copyright (c) 2017 NYC Department of Parks and Recreation NYC Department of Parks and Recreation en-us Mon, 27 Feb 2017 04:37:16 GMT <![CDATA[33rd Annual GreenThumb GrowTogether Conference: Sustaining Garden Legacies]]> Date: March 25, 2017

Come celebrate the official kickoff of the community gardening season in New York City!

The day will be packed with 30+ workshops on garden-related topics including: food systems education, kids’ activities, vegetable growing techniques, and designing your community garden for the present and future.

Workshop Highlights

  • Real Food in Fake Democracy
  • The Power of Herbs
  • Mushrooms and Fungi
  • Compost 101
  • Herbal Soap Making
  • Making Vinegar from Scraps
  • Herbal Soap Making
  • West African "Cowpea"
  • Tracking Buterflies in NYC
  • The Hip-Hop Hauler: How to Turn Trash into Cash
  • Barrier-Free Garden Design
  • Grant Writing 101
  • Youth in Gardens
  • How to Build a Simple Rainwater Harvesting System

Keynote Speakers

The conference will also include a panel discussion on ways to sustain your garden legacy. This year’s keynote speaker is Tony Hillary, Founder and Executive Director of Harlem Grown. Tony founded Harlem Grown to address the health and academic challenges facing public elementary school students in Harlem. Our youth speaker is Kadiatou Ba and has been a youth participant at Harlem Grown since its inception five years ago. Read more about our keynote speakers here.

You can pre-register for GreenThumb's GrowTogether Conference online, in person, or by mail. Admission is $5 per person and free for kids 12 years old and younger.

Please register online by Thursday, March 23, 2017.

To register by mail, please mail to the following address. Your mail must be postmarked by Friday, March 10, 2017. Please mail to:
The Arsenal/GreenThumb
830 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10065.

To register in person, please visit the GreenThumb office at 100 Gold Street, Suite 3100, New York, NY 10038.

Admission at the door is $7 per person and free for kids 12 years old and younger. Day-of registration* will take place from 9:00a.m. to 10:00a.m.

*GreenThumb cannot guarantee lunch or a t-shirt to walk-in participants.

Bus Service

For those gardeners from Brooklyn who would prefer to take a bus, GreenThumb has scheduled bus pickup in two locations in Brooklyn. For more information about Bus Service, please visit GreenThumb's website.

Table at GrowTogether

If you are greening partner and would like to table at this year’s event, please fill out the Networking Table Form by February 17.

Volunteer at GrowTogether

GreenThumb is looking for volunteers to help out at the conference. Breakfast, lunch and a t-shirt will be provided. Sign up here.

Become a Sponsor

*Interested in becoming a sponsor at GrowTogether or sending any in-kind donations, please contact Twywana Bush at


For more information about GreenThumb GrowTogether, please call (212) 602-5300. Follow along or share your experience on social media at #GrowTogetherConference2017 and #growtogether.

Start time: 9:00 am

End time: 4:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 602-5300

Location: Hostos Community College

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<![CDATA[15th Annual Drums Along the Hudson]]> Date: June 4, 2017

Join NYC Parks and Lotus Music and Dance for this annual Multicultural Celebration and Native American Festival.

This is a free event featuring Native American, Japanese, Brazilian, Flamenco, and Korean dancers and drummers from around the world! The festival combines a celebration of Native American heritage, culture, and art with the diversity of New York City. Spanish, African, Brazilian, and Tibetan cultures will also be celebrated with food, music, and dancing. Activities include a Tree of Peace planting, international cuisine, Native American storytelling, a Pow Wow, crafts. and visits from Captain Planet.

Photo Credit: Manhattan Times News

Start time: 11:00 am

End time: 6:00 pm

Contact phone: (212) 795-1388

Location: 218th Street and Indian Road (in Inwood Hill Park)

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