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About Urban Farming 101

SATURDAYS: MAY 19 • JUNE 2 • JULY 7 • AUGUST 18 | 12 – 3 PM
Presented in partnership with Hellgate Farm

Connecting with nature and engaging in the production of our resources are intricate parts of our wellbeing. Urban Farming 101 is a drop-in workshop series for all ages which debuted in 2016. It covers a range of topics and activities promoting urban gardening and a permaculture lifestyle, providing opportunities for the community to connect and learn.

Hellgate Farm is a network of residential and rooftop gardens in Queens. They also staff a farm table at the Park’s Mini Market every Saturday, May through mid- November, 11 AM – 4 PM, offering fresh cut produce (the majority being harvested that same morning from their micro-local gardens), as well as small batch products such as signature hot sauces, ketchups, and dried herbs.


Seed Starting Indoors with Anna Poaster
SATURDAY MAY 19, 2018 | 12 – 3 PM*
*Four 30 minute demos at 12, 1, 2, and 3pm.

Starting seeds indoors is an incredibly exciting and rewarding process: you can pick the exact exotic, funky, or heirloom variety that you’ve been ogling in the seed catalogs and it can result in healthier and hardier plants than the starts you might buy at your local garden store. However, many gardeners are scared away, thinking they need greenhouses or grow lights or the ultimate green thumb to successfully seed start. We say that’s hogwash! Come learn about the ins and outs of the seed starting process, start some seeds to take home, and take your garden knowledge to the next level.

Urban Gardening Techniques in English and Español
SATURDAY JUNE 2, 2018 | 12 – 3 PM

As part of Socrates’ Queens Green Day, farmers Rob McGrath and Cristhian Monedero will facilitate interactive presentations of urban gardening techniques in English and Español including demonstrations and examples of sub-irrigated planters, solar dehydrated herbs, and more.

Living Seeds with Rachel Mukon
SATURDAY JULY 7, 2018 | 12 PM – 3 PM

Seeds grow into the foods that sustain our lives, but what does a seed need to germinate and thrive? Join us to explore a variety of seeds, learn what they need to grow, and make a living seed necklace to observe germination!

Vermicomposting with Jennifer Plewka
SATURDAY AUGUST 18, 2018 | 12PM – 3PM

Vermicomposting is Mother Nature’s ultimate recycling system. Red Wiggler worms process large quantities of food waste indoors, turning it into an extremely rich form of compost to feed back to the Earth, or your houseplants. Join us for a hands-on Wormshop at the Park!