NYC Parks Special Events copyright (c) 2021 NYC Department of Parks and Recreation http://nyc.gov/parks/events NYC Department of Parks and Recreation en-us Sun, 09 May 2021 23:25:32 GMT <![CDATA[Saving Seeds in NYC: Local Seed Keeping Initiatives Panel]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2021/05/11/saving-seeds-in-nyc-local-seed-keeping-initiatives-panel http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2021/05/11/saving-seeds-in-nyc-local-seed-keeping-initiatives-panel Date: May 11, 2021

Keeping seeds connects us to our past and to our collective future. This virtual panel will highlight the various ongoing seed keeping initiatives in and around New York City that community gardeners can get involved with. Learn how to connect with larger ongoing efforts to save and share seeds for food and herbs in our region.

Please RSVP on Eventbrite to receive the link to join the webinar.

Moderated by Owen Taylor: Owen is the founder of Truelove Seeds, which is a farm-based seed company offering culturally important and open pollinated vegetable, herb, and flower seeds. Our seeds are grown by more than 20 small-scale urban and rural farmers committed to community food sovereignty, cultural preservation, and sustainable agriculture. We share our profits directly with our growers: 50% of each packet sale goes back to the farmer who grew it. Before this, and following a decade of working with food justice organizations in Philadelphia, New York, and San Francisco, Owen managed William Woys Weaver’s historic Roughwood Seed Collection in Devon, Pennsylvania, for four years.

Panelists:

  • Lex Barlowe (she/her) is a facilitator, organizer, archivist, seed steward, and 4th generation New Yorker. She is a member of Reclaim Seed NYC, Central Brooklyn Food Coop, and the Black Farmer Fund, committed to collective self-determination with seeds, food, land, and community-based economies. Lex is committed to sharing and learning from our histories - in our families, communities, and movements - and how we bring our ancestral wisdom into the futures we are creating and living now.
  • Jeremy Teperman (he/him) is a farmer, composter, facilitator, maker and fellow 4th generation New Yorker, who wants to explore the deep interconnections between the health of the earth and the health of people (both human and non-human). Jeremy is the co-founder of The Compost Collective in Forest Hills, Queens, and currently the farm manager of the UCC Youth Farm in East New York, Brooklyn. His joy comes from sharing food, seeds, knowledge, music and space with people and is doing his best to steward our precious soil and plants in NYC. He's committed to mindfulness practices and genuine conversations to help people grow and heal individually and collectively.
  • Amirah Mitchell has been working in agriculture and the food movement for over a dozen years, initially as a teen farm intern, team leader, and board member at The Food Project in Boston, MA. She has since worked on urban farms in Massachusetts, Georgia, and Pennsylvania, and delivers various agroecology workshops, including agroforestry, soil ecology, urban gardening, seed-keeping, and more. Amirah is a practicing seed keeper of over two years, focusing on food crops of the African diaspora. Currently, she is studying horticulture at Temple University and is spending her third season working at Truelove Seeds.

This webinar is part of a 3-part series on seed saving. RSVP for Part 1, a webinar on planning the garden for saving seeds, and Part 3, a webinar on the basics of saving dry and wet seeds.

Start time: 5:30 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Virtual/Online Workshop

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2021-05-11 2021-05-11 5:30 pm 7:00 pm 40.71033790000000000, -74.00330290000000000 Thu, 29 Apr 2021 15:29:46 EDT
<![CDATA[Workshop for Volunteers: Working with NYC Parks, How to Build Relationships]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2021/05/12/workshop-for-volunteers-working-with-nyc-parks-how-to-build-relationships http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2021/05/12/workshop-for-volunteers-working-with-nyc-parks-how-to-build-relationships Date: May 12, 2021

Community groups who support neighborhood parks and green spaces are most effective when they understand how NYC Parks operates and develop relationships with staff. NYC Parks can be a challenging system to navigate; this webinar will help lay the groundwork for a mutually beneficial relationship so you can best advocate for projects in your community.

Join us to learn:

  • Examples of successful community group relationships with NYC Parks staff.
  • How NYC Parks is structured, centrally and in each borough.
  • Tips on how to build successful working relationships.
  • Relevant COVID-19 updates to NYC Parks policies.

Featured speakers to be announced.

Registration for this session is required and will close the day before the event. You will receive information on how to join the webinar once you register.

At Partnerships for Parks, we help people, organizations, and government work together to support NYC parks, gardens, trees, and other green spaces. Our free workshops are a great way to network and learn the skills needed to start, build, or sustain your park group.

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Virtual/Online Workshop

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2021-05-12 2021-05-12 6:00 pm 7:30 pm 40.71033790000000000, -74.00330290000000000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/607d91ee8cf56.jpg Mon, 19 Apr 2021 10:44:59 EDT
<![CDATA[Open Orchard School: Heirloom Apples and Pears]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2021/05/13/open-orchard-school-heirloom-apples-and-pears http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2021/05/13/open-orchard-school-heirloom-apples-and-pears Date: May 13, 2021

The Open Orchard School series gives participants a hands-on, behind-the-scenes view of the creation of The Open Orchard, a future public orchard containing 100 trees and hundreds of rare and heirloom varieties once grown in the NYC region, but which have disappeared due to climate change and industrial agriculture.

In this webinar, artist and orchardist Sam Van Aken will share the often lost or forgotten stories of these rare fruits—stories that are woven into the story of NYC itself. Learn about his decades-long project of collecting these varieties and grafting them onto living trees in order to preserve them, the process that will bring The Open Orchard to life.

Please RSVP on Eventbrite to receive the link to join the webinar. Facilitated by Sam Van Aken, The Open Orchard. Photo by Sam Van Aken.

The Open Orchard School workshop series is a partnership between NYC Parks GreenThumb and The Trust for Governors Island to bring The Open Orchard to community gardens around the city. The Open Orchard, a project by Sam Van Aken and presented by The Trust for Governors Island, is a public art project to plant an orchard of 100 fruit trees, each containing multiple varieties of heirloom peaches, plums, apricots, cherries, and apples, on Governors Island. Through the Open Orchard School, community gardeners and members of the public will get hands-on, in-depth experience with fruit tree care, planting, and grafting, to ensure the ongoing stewardship of the hundreds of fruit trees in community gardens citywide.

In the spring of 2022, garden groups that have attended at least four of the workshops will be eligible to receive one or more multi-grafted fruit trees from The Open Orchard to plant in their gardens. Subject to approval from GreenThumb. You can watch previous Open Orchard School workshops here.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Virtual/Online Workshop

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2021-05-13 2021-05-13 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.71033790000000000, -74.00330290000000000 Mon, 19 Apr 2021 13:29:59 EDT
<![CDATA[Open Orchard School: Heirloom Stonefruit]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2021/05/21/open-orchard-school-heirloom-stonefruit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2021/05/21/open-orchard-school-heirloom-stonefruit Date: May 21, 2021

The Open Orchard School series gives participants a hands-on, behind-the-scenes view of the creation of The Open Orchard, a future public orchard containing 100 trees and hundreds of rare and heirloom varieties once grown in the NYC region, but which have disappeared due to climate change and industrial agriculture.

In this webinar, artist and orchardist Sam Van Aken will share the often lost or forgotten stories of these rare stonefruits (such as peaches, plums, apricots, nectarines, and cherries)—stories that are woven into the story of NYC itself. Learn about his decades-long project of collecting these varieties and grafting them onto living trees in order to preserve them, the process that will bring The Open Orchard to life.

Please RSVP on Eventbrite to receive the link to join the webinar. Facilitated by Sam Van Aken, The Open Orchard. Photo by Sam Van Aken.

The Open Orchard School workshop series is a partnership between NYC Parks GreenThumb and The Trust for Governors Island to bring The Open Orchard to community gardens around the city. The Open Orchard, a project by Sam Van Aken and presented by The Trust for Governors Island, is a public art project to plant an orchard of 100 fruit trees, each containing multiple varieties of heirloom peaches, plums, apricots, cherries, and apples, on Governors Island. Through the Open Orchard School, community gardeners and members of the public will get hands-on, in-depth experience with fruit tree care, planting, and grafting, to ensure the ongoing stewardship of the hundreds of fruit trees in community gardens citywide.

In the spring of 2022, garden groups that have attended at least four of the workshops will be eligible to receive one or more multi-grafted fruit trees from The Open Orchard to plant in their gardens. Subject to approval from GreenThumb. You can watch previous Open Orchard School workshops here.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Virtual/Online Workshop

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2021-05-21 2021-05-21 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.71033790000000000, -74.00330290000000000 Mon, 19 Apr 2021 13:14:59 EDT
<![CDATA[For Community Groups Interested in Becoming a Nonprofit: Is 501(c)(3) for Me?]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2021/05/25/is-501c3-for-me-for-community-groups-interested-in-becoming-a-nonprofit http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2021/05/25/is-501c3-for-me-for-community-groups-interested-in-becoming-a-nonprofit Date: May 25, 2021

The rewards of starting a nonprofit are enticing: tax-exempt status, expanded grant opportunities, and tax-deductible contributions. Beneath these advantages are complicated logistics and costs which often beg the question—does incorporation make sense at this time?

This webinar, co-led with Lawyers Alliance for New York, will go step-by-step through the process of incorporation and tax exemption, leaving you with a better picture of whether or not 501(c)(3) is right for you. We will also discuss alternatives to starting a nonprofit, such as seeking fiscal sponsorship.

Join us to learn:

  • What it takes to form a nonprofit and the requirements needed to grow and sustain it.
  • The pros and cons of a fiscal sponsorship arrangement.
  • More resources to help make a decision for your group.

Featured speakers to be announced.

Registration for this session is required and will close the day before the event. You will receive information on how to join the webinar once you register.

At Partnerships for Parks, we help people, organizations, and government work together to support NYC parks, gardens, trees, and other green spaces. Our free workshops are a great way to network and learn the skills needed to start, build, or sustain your park group.

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 7:30 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Virtual/Online Workshop

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2021-05-25 2021-05-25 6:00 pm 7:30 pm 40.71033790000000000, -74.00330290000000000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/608c593359be9.jpg Fri, 30 Apr 2021 16:14:43 EDT
<![CDATA[Saving Seeds in NYC: Basics of Saving Dry and Wet Seeds]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2021/06/03/saving-seeds-in-nyc-basics-of-saving-dry-and-wet-seeds http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2021/06/03/saving-seeds-in-nyc-basics-of-saving-dry-and-wet-seeds Date: June 3, 2021

Keeping seeds connects us to our past and to our collective future. Learn the basics of how to save both dry and wet seeds of common garden veggie crops and herbs. Saving the seeds from the crops you grow can help save money, preserve heirloom varieties, and more.

Please RSVP on Eventbrite to receive the link to join the webinar. Facilitated by Owen Taylor and Zainab Muhammad, Truelove Seeds.

This webinar is part of a 3-part series on seed saving. RSVP for Part 1, a webinar on planning the garden for saving seeds, and Part 2, a panel discussion on getting involved with seed keeping initiatives in the NYC region. You do not need to have attended Part 1 or 2 in order to attend Part 3!

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Virtual/Online Workshop

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2021-06-03 2021-06-03 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.71033790000000000, -74.00330290000000000 Fri, 30 Apr 2021 11:15:43 EDT
<![CDATA[Open Orchard School: Basics of Fruit Tree Care]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2021/06/10/open-orchard-school-basics-of-fruit-tree-care http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2021/06/10/open-orchard-school-basics-of-fruit-tree-care Date: June 10, 2021

The Open Orchard School series gives participants a hands-on, behind-the-scenes view of the creation of The Open Orchard, a future public orchard containing 100 trees and hundreds of rare and heirloom varieties once grown in the NYC region, but which have disappeared due to climate change and industrial agriculture. Geared toward anyone who might wish to plant a fruit tree in their yard or community garden, this webinar will cover the most important aspects of fruit tree care broken down by month.

Please RSVP on Eventbrite to receive the link to join the webinar. Facilitated by Sam Van Aken, The Open Orchard. Photo by Sam Van Aken.

The Open Orchard School workshop series is a partnership between NYC Parks GreenThumb and The Trust for Governors Island to bring The Open Orchard to community gardens around the city. The Open Orchard, a project by Sam Van Aken and presented by The Trust for Governors Island, is a public art project to plant an orchard of 100 fruit trees, each containing multiple varieties of heirloom peaches, plums, apricots, cherries, and apples, on Governors Island. Through the Open Orchard School, community gardeners and members of the public will get hands-on, in-depth experience with fruit tree care, planting, and grafting, to ensure the ongoing stewardship of the hundreds of fruit trees in community gardens citywide.

In the spring of 2022, garden groups that have attended at least four of the workshops will be eligible to receive one or more multi-grafted fruit trees from The Open Orchard to plant in their gardens. Subject to approval from GreenThumb. You can watch previous Open Orchard School workshops here.

Start time: 12:00 pm

End time: 1:00 pm

Contact phone:

Location: Virtual/Online Workshop

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2021-06-10 2021-06-10 12:00 pm 1:00 pm 40.71033790000000000, -74.00330290000000000 Fri, 30 Apr 2021 11:15:43 EDT
<![CDATA[Radical Tenderness: Trans for Trans Portraiture Panel Discussion]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2021/06/24/radical-tenderness-trans-for-trans-portraiture-panel-discussion http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2021/06/24/radical-tenderness-trans-for-trans-portraiture-panel-discussion Date: June 24, 2021

In partnership with New York Historical Society and the Stonewall 50 Consortium.

A one-hour panel with virtual tour of Radical Tenderness: Trans for Trans Portraiture. Panelists include Zackary Drucker, Dr. Eliza Steinbock and Victoria Munro.

Start time: 6:00 pm

End time: 7:00 pm

Contact phone: (718) 816-4506

Location: Alice Austen House Museum (in Alice Austen Park)

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R117 Alice Austen Park 2021-06-24 2021-06-24 6:00 pm 7:00 pm 40.61460113525390600, -74.06310272216797000 Tue, 27 Apr 2021 14:14:42 EDT
<![CDATA[Children’s Read Aloud]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2021/07/03/childrens-read-aloud http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2021/07/03/childrens-read-aloud Date: July 3, 2021

Boogie Down Storytime is a family-friendly experience that cultivates early literacy awareness through joyful reading experiences. An interactive read-aloud that incorporates mindful breathing, which helps build social-emotional skills along with question and discussion activities that build community. Movement inspired by the week’s book selection led by a children’s yoga teacher.

Hosted by Boogie Down Books

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:00 am

Contact phone: (212) 860-1899

Location: Urban Farm (in Randall's Island Park)

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M104 Randall's Island Park 2021-07-03 2021-07-03 10:00 am 11:00 am 40.78369903564453000, -73.92621612548828000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/6063ab2301af8.jpg Thu, 22 Apr 2021 12:30:20 EDT
<![CDATA[Children’s Read Aloud]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2021/08/07/childrens-read-aloud http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2021/08/07/childrens-read-aloud Date: August 7, 2021

Boogie Down Storytime is a family-friendly experience that cultivates early literacy awareness through joyful reading experiences. An interactive read-aloud that incorporates mindful breathing, which helps build social-emotional skills along with question and discussion activities that build community. Movement inspired by the week’s book selection led by a children’s yoga teacher.

Hosted by Boogie Down Books

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:00 am

Contact phone: (212) 860-1899

Location: Urban Farm (in Randall's Island Park)

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M104 Randall's Island Park 2021-08-07 2021-08-07 10:00 am 11:00 am 40.78369903564453000, -73.92621612548828000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/6063ab2301af8.jpg Thu, 22 Apr 2021 12:30:20 EDT
<![CDATA[Children’s Read Aloud]]> http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2021/09/04/childrens-read-aloud http://www.nycgovparks.org/events/2021/09/04/childrens-read-aloud Date: September 4, 2021

Boogie Down Storytime is a family-friendly experience that cultivates early literacy awareness through joyful reading experiences. An interactive read-aloud that incorporates mindful breathing, which helps build social-emotional skills along with question and discussion activities that build community. Movement inspired by the week’s book selection led by a children’s yoga teacher.

Hosted by Boogie Down Books

Start time: 10:00 am

End time: 11:00 am

Contact phone: (212) 860-1899

Location: Urban Farm (in Randall's Island Park)

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M104 Randall's Island Park 2021-09-04 2021-09-04 10:00 am 11:00 am 40.78369903564453000, -73.92621612548828000 http://www.nycgovparks.org/common_images/events/6063ab2301af8.jpg Thu, 22 Apr 2021 12:30:20 EDT