Permaculture Design Certificate Course 2016: 12 Saturdays

    October 6, 2015 – 12:04 pm

    Permaculture is more than just good gardening. It is a life long approach to analysis, action and social structures that results in better relationships, more functional systems and a clearer understanding of everything necessary for human communities to thrive.

    This 12-part certificate course teaches basic permaculture design skills such as site observation, mapping, & assessment, as well as group process and effective communications. Can be applied professionally and personally in tandem with many related livelihoods and practices. Will include contemporary urban examples for responding to climate change, improving city environments, bioregional organizing, utilizing the public commons, and group governance. Some work out of class will be required, so be sure to schedule extra time for home study.

    Apply permaculture principles and design skills by working on group and individual projects. Re-design the landscapes, assess the buildings and create new programs for the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture (BSEC) and the Old Stone House in Washington Park. BSEC is a congregation of individuals and families who embrace personal growth and social progress. OSH is an interpretive museum and community center with a functional landscape for food, medicine, craft material, wildlife support and storm-water management. We also work with the adjacent middle school.

    Classes will be held at the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture and the Old Stone House & Washington Park, Park Slope, BK. Ten hours of field training in the gardens is mandatory for this certificate, as is participation in our annual Seed Share event on Feb 6, 2016

    For full course details, please visit Permaculture Design Certificate course. Please contact Claudia Joseph with any questions about the course.

    Register HERE

    Course fee:  Tuition$1,200. Early Registration $900 if paid in full before December 1.


    10 am to 5 pm
    Jan 9
    Jan 23
    Jan 30
    Feb 6
    Feb 20
    Mar 5
    9 am to 4 pm
    Apr 2
    Apr 9
    Apr 16
    Apr 23
    May 14
    May 21


    1. To introduce students to the fundamentals of sustainability
    2. To teach cooperative dynamics and positive action
    3. To learn about useful plants and ecosystems design
    4. To relate our needs to our local and global resources
    5. To study homesteading skills and appropriate technologies


    Site Instructor Claudia Joseph is the founder and Director of the New York Permaculture Exchange, Director of Environmental Programs at the Old Stone House, and a consultant and community gardener; Claudia has taught and practiced permaculture on both coasts at the Berkeley Ecology Center, Merritt College, the New York Open Center, BBG, NYBG, and with many other organizations since 1996.

    Guest Instructors: Jono Neiger, Tattfoo Tan, Jude Hobbs and others TBA

    Jono Neiger, a conservation biologist with nearly two decades of experience in land stewardship, ecological studies, and restoration, was Lost Valley Educational Center’s Land Steward and Permaculture Apprenticeship Program Director in Oregon for five years. A permaculture teacher and designer since 1996, Jono works to help organizations and individuals further their goals for stewarding their land and for creating productive, regenerative human ecosystems.

    Tattfoo Tan is a NYC artist who works in the realm of ecology, sustainability and education, offering imaginative visions for cultural change. Queens Museum of Art, Artisphere, Parsons the New School for Design, F.I.T., Bronx River Art Center and many more have hosted his insightful perspective on art & ecology.

    Jude Hobbs operates two businesses–Cascadia Permaculture and Agro-Ecology Northwest offers a wide range of services to agricultural businesses, individual land-owners and Permaculture students. Jude is one of the premier permaculture instructors in the US.


    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.

    Afterschool with Brooklyn Art Brigade at the Old Stone House

    September 2, 2015 – 4:00 pm


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    Art – Puppets – Performance – Fun!
    with Theresa Linnihan

    The program runs each Wednesday, from 3:30 to 5:30 pm, and follows the school holiday calendar.

    Fall: Oct 14 through Dec 16 (closed Nov 11 and 25)
    8 sessions – $300

    Winter: Jan 6 through Mar 30 (closed Feb 17)
    12 sessions – $445

    Spring: April 6 through June 1 (closed April 27)
    8 sessions – $305


    Full payment is due upon registration for the Fall session. A $200 deposit is required for each of the Winter and Spring sessions.


    Enroll your child today! REGISTER ONLINE HERE


    Contact Maggie Weber, Director of Education, for more information.

    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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    Before We Grew – An Immersive Theater Piece for Children on the Autism Spectrum and their Families with Spellbound Theatre

    March 26, 2015 – 2:59 pm

    Historic House Trust of New York City Contemporary Art Partnerships with the Old Stone House presents: Before We Grew

    With Spellbound Theatre at the Old Stone House of Brooklyn, Third Street, between 4th and 5th Avenues in Park Slope, Brooklyn, New York

    Before We Grew is an immersive, non-narrative theater work for families of children on the Autism spectrum and their siblings.  Using puppetry, animation and music, Before We Grew tells the story of Hendrick, a young boy who lived here long ago.  Join Hendrick as he explores the world around him and meets birds, bugs, a chipmunk and more! Performances will last approximately 35-40 minutes.

    This performance will take place in the 2nd Floor Great Room, which is not accessible by wheelchair.  Water and dry peanut-free snacks are welcome in the performance.

    Visual icons will be placed throughout the facility, as needed, to assist families and individuals with relating to the venue: bathroom icon, quiet space icon, theatre icon, “do not touch/enter” icon where appropriate, etc.

    Saturday, May 2
    Performances at 10 am and 1 pm. The 1 pm performance is full.

    Sunday, May 3
    Performances at 10 am and 1 pm. The 1 pm performance is full.

    Free Admission but Reservations are required. Limited to six families per performance. Place your reservation by clicking HERE.

    This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Additional support has been provided by:  Historic House Trust of New York, NY State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


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    Garden Explorers @ OSH Summer 2015

    February 5, 2015 – 2:45 pm
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    Looking for week-long activities in August for Ages 6 – 11?

    Garden play, harvest fruit, get dirty. Children will have plenty of time to play, make art projects and write about their experiences! Families will share in a garden event at the end of each week-long session. Join us for the fun!

    One-week sessions
    Aug 10 – 14
    Aug 17 – 21
    Aug 24 – 28

    Monday through  Friday, 9 am to 3 pm

    $300 week
    $100 nonrefundable deposit due for each week upon registration
    Full payment due June 1st



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    The Old Stone House by Bode Sauser, Spring 2013

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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.

    Compost Workshop at the Old Stone House

    January 6, 2015 – 2:24 pm

    Compost Workshop – in celebration of International Week of the Soil
    Saturday, May 2
    10 am – 11 am

    In the Farm Garden at the compost bins. Lead by NYBG Compost instructor, Claudia Joseph.

    Learn about home & mid-scale compost systems
    $10 suggested donation

    Rain or Shine–dress appropriately