Archive for August, 2011

reminder! brooklyn homesteader’s backyard farming bootcamp

August 25, 2011

This is going to be awesome…

Brooklyn Homesteader’s
Backyard Farming Bootcamp

Sunday, September 25, 2011 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM (ET)

Greenpoint, NY

Ever wanted to learn how to grow, make and preserve your own food in a small space but need some hands-on guidance to do so?

Join Meg Paska, the “Brooklyn Homesteader,” on her own turf as she teaches you how to raise chickens, keep bees, grow a garden, compost, forage, can, pickle, preserve and homebrew all from her tiny Greenpoint homestead.

Coffee and homemade donuts will be served in the morning before the class commences.

It will tentatively go as follows:

– Building Raised Beds and Planning a Vegetable Garden

– Composting

– Chickens 101

– Food Preservation (Freezing, Drying, Canning, Fermentation)


– Beekeeping 101

– Wild Edibles

– Homebrewing basics with Jerry Madden of Tipsy Parson

– DIY Home and Body Care with Liz Neves of Raganella

WIND DOWN with local beers and Q&A

Attendees will get hands on experience in all aspects of the above mentioned topics and will leave with care packages of assorted goodies! (Books on the subjects covered, seeds, canned and pickled items from the class, etc)

Please email with any questions.

Students are expected to bring notepads and pens, dress in light color clothes, be able to climb ladders and are willing to sign a waiver, as we will be getting up close and personal with stinging, venomous insects, boiling hot jars of food and eating weeds from the nearby park.

All other materials are included in the cost of the class.

Meg Paska is a writer, Huffington Post blogger and instructor at such fine institutions as The New York Botanical Gardens and Third Ward. She currently manages apiaries for hospitality groups and farms in the NY area and has a book on Urban Beekeeping due out on Chronicle Books in early 2013.

$150 for the entire day of learning and fun.

RSVP here!

make your own body care, a workshop at shambhala!

August 24, 2011

Something that’s both fun and good for you? Yes! Come learn how to make your own natural body care goods. We’ll be mixing up lotion, facial cleansers, and body scrubs. At Shambhala Yoga & Dance Center, Sunday, September 18…


Sunday, September 18, 3 to 5pm

Shambhala Yoga & Dance Center
367 Saint Mark’s Place
(corner of Grand)


To RSVP, email:

POSTPONED! how i learned to stop worrying & love cleaning products, the workshop

August 24, 2011

Sorry for the confusion on this one… we’re going to reschedule this and it’s going to take a new shape. A free demo at Sun In Bloom. Stay tuned!

When I was a kid, we had chores. One of them was cleaning the bathroom. This was my least favorite job. Looking back on it, I wonder what put me off more: the chemical smell of the cleaning agents or the effort. Okay, I’ll be honest – it was probably both. Now that I’m all grown up and stuff, I still procrastinate when it comes to cleaning, but I’ve made the process a little more fun. I make my own sweet-smelling cleaning solutions. Come learn how I do this on Thursday, September 22nd at Sun In Bloom…

Thursday, September 22, 6:30 to 8:30pm

(come early to enjoy some yummy food!)

Sun In Bloom
460 Bergen Street (btwn Flatbush & 5th Aves)


Call to RSVP: 718.622.4303

today, washington ave rocks!

August 20, 2011

I think Washington Avenue rocks every day, but today, it’ll be especially rocking. This is super-short notice… I’ll be tabling with Shambhala Yoga & Dance Center today at Wash Ave Rocks! the second annual neighborhood appreciation block party. Come by to see what the Shambhala crew is up to, try out some of Raganella’s Botanical Solutions, or just stop by to say “hi!” The fun starts at noon and goes until 6pm. I’ll be there from 1 to 4. Hope to see you there!

face time at sun in bloom

August 10, 2011

Raganella’s Botanical Solutions are now available at Sun In Bloom Eco Eatery in North Park Slope, Brooklyn. And I’ll be there today from about 10:30am til at least 12:30pm (I’ll probably be tempted to stay for lunch as the food is that good) to answer your questions about the body care goods & cleaning solutions available for sale. I’d like to make this a regular thing on Wednesday mornings, and also on additional days to come. Also stay tuned for a make-it-yourself workshop at the café, coming soon!

Sun In Bloom is located at 460 Bergen Street, between Flatbush & 5th Aves (steps from the Bergen St 2/3 train).