Garden Walk, Lecture and Book Signing with Leda Meredith, Authority on Forage Plants

    September 10, 2015 – 4:06 pm

    Tuesday, September 29, 2015Leda Meredith
    5:30 pm

    at The Old Stone House & Washington Park

    $20 donation suggested

    Leda Meredith is Author of Northeast Foraging, Preserving Everything and The Locavore’s Handbook. This timely information is presented with unbridled joy and appreciation for gastronomic delight. Leda is a world-class forager.

    Register in advance by clicking here: Brown Paper Tickets.

    4th Annual Permaculture Festival and Skill Share

    August 11, 2015 – 1:13 pm

    A Community Day of Environmental Education and Networking
    at the Old Stone House & Washington Park

    Saturday, October 3, 2015
    10 am – 4 pm

    The day starts with a pancake breakfast & kid’s activities: garden walk, natural plant dyes for fabrics, sheet mulch garden bed improvement, pollinators and their plants, forage, herbal remedies & salves, garden tours and more. Stay tuned!




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    January 13, 2015 – 1:19 pm

    Seed Celebration @ OSHSaturday,February 7, 2015
    at the Old Stone House & Washington Park

    10 am – 3 pm

    Zach Pickens of Rooftop Ready Seeds will speak about seed saving at 10 am

    Presented by The New York Permaculture Exchange, The Park Slope Permaculture Guild and the Old Stone House


    This annual event brings together gardeners of all stripes to engage in the traditional activity of trading seeds.

    Our seed heritage is as old as our love of great food and Brooklyn gardeners are savvy to the benefits of top quality, organic seeds. Heirloom varieties of tomatoes, lettuce, and root crops as well as more esoteric and ethnically diverse items such as asian greens and amaranth will be featured. The beautifully packaged Hudson Valley Seed Library seed will be available for purchase as well as selections from Fedco’s politically correct line of non-GMO seeds. Treasures from the Old Stone House gardens will include native flowers that support bees and butterflies

    Demonstrations on starting seed and transplanting seedlings, sprouting greens, seed cleaning, making seed balls, and how to make compost will be running at tables throughout this event. Plenty of gardeners will be available to answer your garden questions.This event is suitable for both children and adults.

    Zach Pickens will discuss the differences between open pollinated, hybrid, and GMO seeds, seed saving, and the unique aspects of urban cultivation at 10am to begin the event.

    Urban Permaculture Accelerated Training Spring 2015

    October 9, 2014 – 2:53 pm

    at the Old Stone House & Washington Park
    Park Slope, Brooklyn

    An approachable course for those who are new to permaculture and a comfortable re-entry for those who seek further practice. Registration form is below.

    Five Saturdays: March 14 & 21, April 25, May 9 & 16, 2015
    9 am – 4 pm
    40 hours (30 hours of class time + 10 hours of field practice required)

    Fee: $650
    Early paid registration deadline extended to Friday, January 9, 2015: $550


    Presented by the New York Permaculture Exchange – Lead Instructor Claudia Joseph will be joined by guest teachers.


    Permaculture is more than just good gardening.  It is a life-long approach to analyses, actions and social structures that results in better relationships,more functional systems and a clearer understaning of everything necessary for human communities to thrive — C. Joseph


    This fast-paced course covers traditional permaculture topics used in whole systems design such as energy, climate, shelter, community, food, waste streams and water management, utilizing current information in the media and practical knowledge from traditional sources. To step into the rapid transition that is happening right now, the emphasis is on social cooperation and positive change, demonstrated with physical models and hands-on learning opportunities.

    The Old Stone House is the site of the Battle of Brooklyn, one of the earliest and largest battles of the Revolutionary War.  Soil building and bioremediation techniques are at the forefront of our historically referenced gardens, planted for food, medicine, craft material, wildlife habitat and storm-water absorption.

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    Brooklyn Utopias: Park Space/Play Space – Making Public Space Planning Public

    June 4, 2012 – 9:24 am

    Tuesday, June 19, 2012 @ 7 pm

    A discussion and skill-share about community involvement in park design in conjunction with the exhibition. Representatives from exhibiting organizations Groundswell Community Mural Project (Groundswell), the Center for Urban Pedagogy (CUP), and the Trust for Public Land (TPL) will lead a conversation about the future of community involvement in public space design, discussing their experiences organizing community murals, youth-driven urban planning workshops, and new green spaces for underserved communities. Old Stone House Executive Director Kim Maier will also discuss the extensive community involvement process behind the new Washington Park/J.J. Byrne Playground.

    JJ Byrne Playground Opens!

    May 11, 2012 – 5:08 am

    Come out and play!  Our beautiful new playground opens today.  Join us for the ribbon cutting today, May 11, at 11 am, and on Saturday, May 12, for our Mad Hatter’s Tea Party at 11 am and for a free concert by Princess Katie & Racer Steve at 12:30 pm.

    Brooklyn Reading Works – Edgy Moms – Hosted by Two Moon Cafe, 4th Ave. bet. 3rd & 2nd Sts.

    May 7, 2012 – 7:16 am

    Thursday, May 10, 8 pm
    $5 suggested donation

    We’re setting up for the big playground opening on May 11, so join us for Brooklyn Reading Works‘ annual celebration of edgy moms, taking place around the corner from OSH at Two Moon Cafe, 315 4th Avenue, between 3rd an 2nd Streets.


    This year’s line up includes Elizabeth Laura Nelson, Hoong Yee Lee Krakauer, Nicole Callihan, Karen Ritter, Jezra Kaye and special guests!

    Sponsored by Babeland!


    Brooklyn Utopias: Park Space, Play Space – Pining For You

    March 31, 2012 – 6:16 pm

    Saturday June, 16, 2012: 5 pm – 7 pm

    Tracy Candido will facilitate a collective queer wedding celebration and performance at the Old Stone House, and a pine tree planting ceremony, exploring queer park space, gay utopias, Dutch history and contemporary culture in The Netherlands.