NYC Foodscape is leading a straw bale gardening workshop at the 30th Annual GreenThumb GrowTogether Conference. This year’s conference features exciting new workshops and returning favorites, including many hands-on and youth-focused workshops for gardeners of all ages.
Saturday, March 29th
8:30 a.m. to 4 p.mm
Hostos Community College
500 Grand Concourse
Bronx, NY 10451
NYC Foodscape’s straw bale workshop starts at 11:30 a.m. and will feature Children’s Workshop Garden at Campos, a straw bale and Three Sisters garden in New York City’s Campos Community Garden. You’ll hear background on Hurricane Sandy’s destruction of Campos garden in the fall of 2012 and how a neighborhood school’s generous outreach of support—and an space ironically opened when a large tree was lost to Sandy’s wrath–inspired a unique and diverse children’s garden project for youth to grow and eat healthy food.
The workshop will teach you about the uses for and benefits of straw bale gardening, particularly in small or contaminated spaces, with instructions and photos of the garden in various stages. You’ll also hear how the garden transformed into a therapeutic and safe space for at-risk youth to learn how to grow food and do some basic in-garden cooking, including a group of girls from a local residence who came to the garden with a background of family turmoil and found a sense of peace—and their palates–among the plants.
Children’s Workshop Garden, with its straw bale design and “question mark” layout, is a distinctive and highly functional community art installation as well as a productive garden. Instead of soil beds, the garden uses biodegradable straw bales, which are prepped with organic nitrogen fertilizer for ten days and topped with soil and compost. They are great for planting summer vegetables and tomatoes, and for greens in the spring and fall. In the center, the kids planted a Three Sisters Garden, an ingenious Native American companion planting technique that uses maize/corn, squash and climbing beans. Each stage presented an opportunity for children to learn and develop a sense of personal food sovereignty: digging methods, soil health, seed starting, planting, mulching, composting, watering, plant identification, pest management, harvesting, cooking, preserving, etc.
You can read more about last summer’s garden on this blog in numerous posts.
About Grow Together
Join over a thousand community gardeners and greening professionals from all over New York City for a day of learning, sharing, networking, and greening inspiration at the 30th Annual GreenThumb GrowTogether! This year’s conference features exciting new workshops and returning favorites, including many hands-on workshops for gardeners of all ages. Keynote address by Ray Figueroa and the students from the High School for Public Service Classrooms. Enjoy live music and dance performances, a children’s play area, raffle prizes and much more!
Directions to Hostos Community College:
Take 2,4 or 5 train to 149th Street (Eugenio María de Hostos Boulevard) and the Grand Concourse. Or by bus, take the Bx1 or cross-town Bx19 to 149th Street (Eugenio María de Hostos Boulevard).
To register for one of three buses coming from Brooklyn please call the GreenThumb office at 212-788-8070.
Pre-register by March 21st
$5 = breakfast + workshops + lunch + t-shirt
Register at the door on March 29th
$7 = breakfast + workshops
Free = Children 12 and under
For more information about the conference schedule and a conference guide, click here.
For tickets, click here.