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 by January 1, 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.

    For further content and scheduling information visit www. permaculture-exchange.org.


    Garden Explorers Afterschool Spring 2015

    July 7, 2014 – 3:47 pm

    For children ages 7 – 11

    Welcome to Garden Explorers!  Join us for the fun in our beautiful gardens. The program takes place inside and around the Old Stone House & Washington Park.

    Photo: Bob Levine

    Photo: Bob Levine

    * Start seedlings
    * Transplant  and harvest fruits, vegetables and herbs
    * Prepare simple foods
    * Work with compost
    * Study plants, flowers, insects and other garden dwellers
    * Create art with plants
    * Play games


    April 15 through June 3
    Wednesdays, 3:30 to 5:30 pm
    8 sessions     $300

    Free pickup from PS 321 and The Children’s School.  A light snack is provided.

    Questions: Email us or call 718-768-3195

    September 1, 2013 – 11:58 am



    Searching for Freedom: Searching for Freedom: African American Heroes in the Revolutionary Era; 1735-1790

    August 23, 2012 – 12:18 pm

    The American Revolution

    Grades 4-12, 90 minutes

    Learn About African Americans in the American Revolutionary War Era at the Old Stone House

    Explore the stories of individuals who began the struggle for civil rights in the mid 1700’s, then collaborate within small groups to retell these biographical stories through writing, visual arts or drama.
    Online reservation

    The Gowanus Creek

    August 10, 2012 – 4:35 pm

    Pre-Colonial Era

    Grade 4-12, 90 minutes

    Until 1850, the Gowanus was a tidal creek surrounded by a rich salt marsh ecosystem. In this program students separate into small groups to explore the bounty of the Gowanus by looking at oysters, swans, fish, turtles and beavers. Once plentiful in Brooklyn, these species were first utilized by the Lenape, then the Dutch and may still be seen today.
    Online reservation

    Traditional Medicinals

    August 10, 2012 – 4:21 pm

    Dutch Colonial Farm Life in Brooklyn

    Grades 2-5, 90 minutes
    Sept 23-Nov 1/Apr 24 to Jun 13

    How did colonists treat illnesses? While touring our historic gardens, students learn to identify common plants and how they were used in the 1700’s for both food and medicine. At the end of the program, we sample some refreshing Freedom tea.
    Online reservation

    Dutch Toys and Games

    August 10, 2012 – 4:15 pm

    Dutch Colonial Farm Life in Brooklyn

    Learn About Life During the New York's Dutch Colonial Era at the Old Stone House

    Grades K-4, 90 minutes

    Explore daily life in 18th century Brooklyn by trying your hand at traditional crafts and toys! Activities include butter-making, wool production, weaving and traditional games.
    Online reservation

    Colonial Crafts

    August 10, 2012 – 3:05 pm

    Dutch Colonial Farm Life in Brooklyn

    Grades 4-12, 90 minutes

    An intimate slice of daily life in Brooklyn in the 1700’s. Classes divide into small groups, each exploring one traditional household craft. Activities include making bread starters, wool production and weaving, sewing and candle making.
    Online reservation