March Events and Workshops
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This spring, Grow to Learn is partnering with Green Beetz, a media literacy and nutrition curriculum, to conduct a teacher led review of the Green Beetz materials and to think about how they can be adapted to serve a school garden community. Grow to Learn is looking for 10 school gardeners working in grades 4-6 to review and rate the set of ten one-hour lessons and supporting materials, and to participate in one two-hour focus group session in late May. Curriculum materials will be provided to reviewers by Wednesday, April 15th. Your feedback will help us to shape the materials to better fit your needs as school gardeners.
Wednesday, April 1st, 7-9pm
Location: Room and Board
Cost: $70 Tickets here!
Join the GrowNYC community for seasonal hors d'oeuvres, cocktails presented by Gotham Bar and Grill, and beer lovingly donated by Brooklyn Brewery as we Thaw out from a long winter, reconnect with one another and look ahead to spring. Guest can entered to win 40,000 JetBlue points or a fabulous gift certificate to Room & Board. We look forward to seeing you then!
Grow to Learn Office Hours
Friday, April 3rd, 3-5pm
Every other week throughout the Spring, Grow to Learn staff will be hosting "Office Hours" in our demo garden near City Hall. We won't have scheduled programming, but we'll be hanging out, working in the gardening, and enjoying the sunshine from 3:00-5:00. Designed as an open time for school gardeners to connect with Grow to Learn staff, "Office Hours" are a time for you to drop in whenever you'd like, and bring your questions, problems, ideas, and stories. We're looking forward to troubleshooting, sharing successes, and spending some time outside together!
Grow to Learn Event: Indoor Garden Tour
Wednesday, April 15th, 4:30 - 6pm
Location: The tour will begin at PS 50m Vito Marcantonio, 433 East 100th St.
Interested in gardening, but don’t have any outdoor space? Join Grow to Learn staff and schools on an indoor gardening tour of Harlem! We’ll be stopping at PS 50m Vito Marcantonio, which is nearing completion on a beautiful greenhouse and hydroponics space indoors. Next, we’ll visit PS 208m Alain L. Locke Magnet School for Environmental Stewardship to see their great hydroponics classroom, constructed in conjunction with NY Sun Works. At both these sites, you’ll get inspired by two wonderful programs, and learn a bit more about how these indoor gardens and hydroponic science labs got started, what special considerations you should keep in mind for indoor gardening and farming, and where to receive funding for indoor projects!
Due to space limitations, the tour will be capped at 30 participants. Tour participants will receive a free, 1-ride metrocard for use during this tour. Participants are encouraged, but not required, to attend the Indoor Garden Meet Up from 6:00-7:30 at the nearby Urban Garden Center. See the Indoor Garden Meet Up description for more details.
Grow to Learn Event: Indoor Garden Meet Up
Wednesday, April 15th, 6 - 7:30pm
Location: Urban Garden Center, 1640 Park Avenue
Head on over to the Urban Garden Center for an Indoor Garden “Meet Up.” This meet up will be participant-centered, so come ready to discuss your indoor gardening ideas, challenges, and successes with Grow to Learn, NY Sun Works hydroponic classroms, indoor gardening partner organizations, and other schools. This meet up is intended both for schools with an existing, successful indoor gardening program, and schools that are looking to get started. In addition to being an opportunity to mingle with other schools and experts, this meet up will also include mini-presentations by partner organizations and fellow schools on indoor gardening options, tips, and techniques.
Participants are encouraged, but not required, to attend the Indoor Garden Tour from 4:30-6:00 in Harlem. See the Indoor Garden Tour description for more details, but please note that due to space limitations, the tour will be capped at 30 participants.
Grow to Learn Workshop: Small Victories
Thursday, April 16th, 4:30-6:30pm
Join Grow to Learn as we walk through how to accomplish some easy garden victories this spring before school is out. We'll cover quick and easy crops, curricular tie ins, cooking connections, and check out the Grow to Learn Demo Garden and its early Spring crop.
Registered Schools will bring home seed packets.
Grow to Learn Office Hours
Friday, April 17th, 3-5pm
Every other week throughout the Spring, Grow to Learn staff will be hosting "Office Hours" in our demo garden near City Hall. We won't have scheduled programming, but we'll be hanging out, working in the gardening, and enjoying the sunshine from 3:00-5:00. Designed as an open time for school gardeners to connect with Grow to Learn staff, "Office Hours" are a time for you to drop in whenever you'd like, and bring your questions, problems, ideas, and stories. We're looking forward to trouble-shooting, sharing successes, and spending some time outside together!
Grow to Learn Workshop: Raised Bed Building for Beginners
Saturday, April 25th, 10am-1pm
Location: PS 1, 309 47th St, Brooklyn
Planning for a Spring build day, but new to building raised beds? Join Grow to Learn as we cover all the bed building basics: materials and sourcing, tool use and safety, and construction. We'll use the skills taught in the workshop to construct a raised bed on site!
Schools registered with Grow to Learn will be able to request soil, lumber, and compost. Requests for soil and compost will be filled based on neighborhood eligibility. Requests will be delivered in the Fall, on a first come, first served basis.
Registered schools will be able to request soil and lumber for fall delivery.
Grow to Learn, BBG, and The Butterfly Project Workshop: Creating Habitat for Native Pollinators in School Gardens
Wednesday, April 29th, 4:30-6:30pm
Creating habitat for pollinators in your school garden is fun and has many benefits. In this workshop you will learn how to plan for pollinators, learn select and care for native plants, discuss educational applications of a pollinator garden, and spend time in Brooklyn Botanic Garden's native flora garden. We hope you can join us! This workshop is a partnership between Grow to Learn, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and Butterfly Project NYC.
Grow to Learn, NYBG, and Bronx Green-Up: Weed Walk: A Plant ID Workshop
Thursday, April 30th, 4-5:30pm
A weed is just a plant out of place. If we know which weeds are in and around our garden, we may put some of them to productive use. Join us for a stroll around Drew Gardens to begin identifying those weeds. This workshop is a partnership between Grow to Learn NYC and Bronx Green-Up/The New York Botanical Garden