Butterfly Project NYC
The Native Plant Center’s Spring Landscape Conference
Monday, March 17 from 8:30am-3pm
Westchester Community College
Butterfly Project will host an hour long session called “Designing a Native Butterfly Garden” to teach the principles of designing a visually appealing garden for butterfly pollinators, including understanding plant communities, assessing the site, and selecting native plants that serve as host and nectar sources. Participants will explore the needs of these insects at various life stages, the threats they face and how people can help.
Earth Matter NY
Source Separation at Green Thumb GrowTogether Conference
Saturday, March 29 from 8am-5pm
Hostos Community College
Earth Matter will assist gardeners in sorting out the organics, recyclables and trash at the source separation stations of the 30th GrowTogether Conference, a gathering of community gardeners across the NY Metropolitan area. To register as a volunteer, email email@example.com. For details about the conference, visit: http://www.greenthumbnyc.org/.
Compost for Brooklyn
Sunday, April 6
Tree Giveaway and Plant Sale
Compost for Brooklyn Garden at Newkirk and 8th Avenue in Borough Park
Stop by the Compost for Brooklyn garden to pick-up a free tree in partnership with New York Restoration Project and the Million Trees NYC initiative. You can also learn about and purchase native plants for your garden. For other tree pickup dates/locations around NYC, visit
Honoring the Future
Climate SmART lecture program
Thursday, April 24
Boston College Arts Festival
To open the Boston College Arts Festival, Honoring the Future will introduce audiences to the extensive body of contemporary art that artists, close observers of nature, are producing in response to climate change and inspire the audience to consider how they, as individuals, can contribute to building prepared, resilient, “climate smart” communities through simple lifestyle choices such as rainwater collection and management, tree planting and preservation, and urban gardening and food production. For more information, email inquiries to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Biomimicry Workshop for K-12 Educators
Monday, June 30 to Thursday, July 3
In partnership with the BOCES Center for Environmental education, BioMimicry NYC will hold a four-day workshop for educators at the Omega Center in Rhinebeck, NY on the design and production of materials, structures, and systems that are modeled on biological entities and processes. For information, contact Adiel Gavish.
Organic Gardening Workshop
Wednesday, March 19, 7pm
and Saturday, March 29, at 10am
St. Hugh of Lincoln, Learning Center, 1450 New York Ave, Huntington Station
Participants will learn about soil enrichment, succession planting, vegetable variety choices for productivity, organic weed management and pest control. Suggested donation: $10. To RSVP for the 3/19 workshop, go to: tinyurl.com/m5jk4rb; for the 3/29 workshop, go to tinyurl.com/n4wugfk.
LICAN is nominated for Edible Long Island’s 2014 Local Heroes Award in the nonprofit category. Edible readers can vote for their own heroes in five categories; chef/restaurant, food shop, farm/farmers, food/beverage artisan and nonprofit. For more information about the awards and nominees, read the full article from Edible Long Island. Voting ends March 1.
Culinary Kids Food Festival at The New York Botanical Garden
As part of the NYBG’s Edible Academy initiative, this weeklong food festival celebrated the relationships among plants, farms and food. Growing Chefs was on hand to offer cooking demonstrations, kid-friendly recipes, and hands-on activities.
Lewisboro Land Trust
Leon Levy Environmental Lecture series
Doug Tallamy, author of “Bringing Nature Home: How You Can Sustain Wildlife with Native Plants” spoke at the Katonah Library on February 23rd about ways to attract birds, butterflies, bees and wildlife by re-introducing native plantings.
OTHER NEWS and EVENTS
30th Green Thumb GrowTogether Conference
Saturday, March 29 from 8:30am-4pm
Hostos Community College
This annual conference features exciting lectures and hands-on workshops for gardeners of all ages. Enjoy live music and dance performances, a children’s play area, raffle prizes and much more. Visit http://www.greenthumbnyc.org/ for conference details.
2014 Just Food Conference
Saturday and Sunday April 5 and 6
Columbia University: Laurie M. Tisch Center for Food, Education & Policy
Visit justfoodconference.org for conference details, including workshop and intensive descriptions.