Saturday, March 10, 2012 | 10 a.m.–4 p.m.
Brooklyn Botanic Garden Palm House
Think Global, Grow Local: What’s Next for Urban Gardeners?
Kick off the spring gardening season at Brooklyn Botanic Garden with this daylong conference exploring the many ways we can cultivate and celebrate sustainable innovation in the face of environmental degradation, climate change, and making do with less. This free event features exhibits and workshops on the cutting edge of sustainable urban gardening—from growing food on roofs and windowsills to reducing your garden’s carbon footprint.
No preregistration is required, but you must arrive at 10 a.m. to register for the day’s workshops.
Wilbur A. Levin Keynote Address
When Plants Talk, We Listen: Gardeners as Citizen Scientists
Dr. Sandra Henderson, Director of Project BudBurst,
National Ecological Observatory Network (NEON)
Project BudBurst is a continental-scale citizen science project focused on engaging people from all walks of life to observe the impacts of climate change.
Events & Workshops
Registration, coffee, and exhibits in the Palm House
Exhibits in the Palm House
Lunch at the Terrace Cafe
Brown-Bag Networking Lunches
Movies in the Auditorium
Wilbur A. Levin Keynote Address in the Auditorium
Pick up a spring gift bag as you leave!
Morning and Afternoon
Workshops begin at 11 a.m. and 3 p.m.; the schedule will be announced at registration. You may choose only two workshops, one from each time block, space permitting. Arrive early to get your first choices.
Show Me the Honey: The Basics of Urban Beekeeping
Sara Katz, Bronx Green-Up, New York Botanical Garden
Roger Repohl, Genesis Park Community Garden
Testing Soil for Toxins: Now What?
Joshua (Zhongqi) Cheng, Environmental Sciences Analytical Center, Brooklyn College
Where’s the Land?
Paula Segal, 596 Acres
Shatia Jackson and Kristen Bonardi-Rapp, 462 Halsey St. Community Garden
Eric Michael Rodriguez, Weeksville Heritage Center
Teach a City to Fish: Small-Scale Aquaponics
Dr. Martin Schreibman, Aquatic Research and Environmental Assessment Center, Brooklyn College
The Basics of Rainwater Harvesting
Lenny Librizzi, GrowNYC
Fruit for All: Growing and Harvesting the Best
Anne O’Neill, Brooklyn Botanic Garden
The Greenest Trees in Brooklyn
Sarah Dougherty, MillionTreesNYC
Pauline Green, East 25th Street Block Association
School Garden Success Stories!
Barbara Kurland, BBG manager of school programs
Susan Weseen, PS 295
Jennifer Mikolajek, IS 318
Sarah Welch, Expeditionary Learning School for Community Leaders
Lasagna Gardening: The Lazy Composter’s Friend
Luke Halligan, NYC Compost Project in Brooklyn
Marilyn Johnson, Floyd Bennett Gardens Association
Getting a Jump on Spring: Seed Starting Indoors and Out
Charley Robinson, Brooklyn Botanic Garden BUG volunteer
Getting Started Up on the Roof
Rebecca Bullene, Greenery NYC
Marie Viljoen, 66 Square Feet
The Farmer on the Sill: High Yields at Window
Aki Hirata-Baker, Adopt-A-Farmbox
Pirapha Thongtavee, Windowfarms
Looking Up: Exploring Soil and in Agriculture
Alec Baxt, Farming Up
Reducing Your Garden’s Carbon Footprint
Dr. Susan Pell, Brooklyn Botanic Garden