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Whether you’re already practiced at the art of permaculture, or if the concept is completely new to you, we hope you’ll join us for the 8th Annual NYC Permaculture Festival hosted by Claudia Joseph and the New York Permaculture Exchange!

If permaculture is your passion, come by to make some new friends and build your network; if you’re a beginner you can learn about the ways permaculture impacts human communities, and how you can use these practices.

Tour the Old Stone House & Washington Park gardens, learn about compost methods, tree care, and more!

The day will culminate with a screening of A River Returns: A History of the Bronx River; by local filmmaker Lesley Topping at 4 pm. The Bronx River is a model for the restoration of urban rivers across the US, cared for through an alliance of private and government groups, volunteers, students, and educators.

Tickets are available via Eventbrite or at the door.

Local filmmaker Lesley Topping presents her film A River Returns: A History of the Bronx River at OSH at 4 pm (following the 8th Annual Permaculture Festival).

The film educates viewers on the ways in which the Bronx River is a model for the restoration of urban rivers across the US, and how it has been cared for through an alliance of private and government groups, volunteers, students, and educators.

The screening will be followed by a Q&A with filmmakers, historians, and environmentalists.

“Give me to the earth when my winter comes,
Bury me deep in the ground.
Mark not my place with statues or caves,
Find me where life can be found.”

Thinking out your end-of-life wishes is never easy, but there are now new approaches to traditional funeral service that will leave you feeling surprisingly optimistic. Stewardship for the earth and care of the planet have not previously been high on most people’s end-of-life wish lists. In fact, there’s a common misconception that cremation is “greener” than full casket burial because the plot for an urn requires less cemetery space. This is not the case!

Join us to discuss how a formaldehyde-free burial in pine, willow or wool casket or dramatic shroud is kinder to the earth and one way your death could actually uplift others and return useful molecules to the soil from which we essentially sprang. You’ll also hear about modern modes of accelerating the body’s return to the soil in the works in other states. The good news is this: you can abide by the American burial practice of 200 years ago, and become a tree, after all!

Our thanks to Amy Cunningham and all her colleagues for their service and care for the community.

Amy is a New York state licensed funeral director, green burial advocate, and home funeral guide. She manages the lively blog The Inspired Funeral.com, and owns the firm Fitting Tributes Funeral Services.


As we shield our breath from the virus, what does it mean to seek sharing breath with other species? How does the temporary pause of the pandemic provide an opportunity for us to sense the web of relations of breathing and air quality?

Dive into these questions in a virtual get-together with our friends from the Environmental Performance Agency. Multispecies Care Circle – Keep Lungs Active is the first of a series of care circles hosted as part of the Multispecies Care Survey; a project launched by the EPA on April 20, 2020 as part of our Regeneration in Place exhibition.

Prior to the Care Circle, participants are invited to engage with “Protocol 03: Keep Lungs Active”, a prompt to experience air quality and exchange with other life forms.

Hosted in collaboration with Interference Archive and invited guest Nora Almeida, this care circle will explore EPA’s new participatory project through the lens of archiving multispecies environmental attunement and the correlation to environmental rollbacks instituted during the pandemic.

To join the Virtual Multispecies Care Circle on Saturday, May 9, please RSVP by email to: environmentalperformanceagency@gmail.com.

Nora Almeida is a writer, librarian, and environmental / labor activist. She has volunteered at Interference Archive since 2015 and works at the New York City College of Technology (CUNY).

Interference Archive is a volunteer run open-stacks archive of social movement ephemera, exhibition venue, and community event space in Brooklyn, NY.

The Environmental Performance Agency (EPA) is an artist collective founded in 2017 and named in response to the ongoing rollback of Federal environmental policy at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.