4th Annual Permaculture Festival and Skill Share

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!



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

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

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.