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!

     

    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
    Garden Explorers

    Credit Bob Levine

    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

    The Old Stone House by Bode Sauser, Spring 2013

    10th Annual SEED CELEBRATION & SWAP

    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

    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.

    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

    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 tuition

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

    Questions? Email us or call 718-768-3195

     

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