Archive for April, 2012

compost with me, this sunday at hayseed’s big city farm supply!

April 30, 2012

If there’s one good thing you can do for the Earth, it’s to facilitate the process of making nutrient rich, black gold. Compost that is. And, yes, it is possible to compost in the city! Come learn how this Sunday, May 6 from 10am to 12pm at Hayseed’s Big City Farm Supply. We’ll go over the basics of composting, including materials, tools, and various systems – from indoor worm composting to outdoor bin systems, and bokashi (fermented food waste).

For more information and to sign up, get ye to the Hayseed’s website!

go green! greenpoint – saturday, may 5

April 29, 2012

This Saturday, May 5 from 11am to 5pm, I’ll be selling Raganella’s Botanical Solutions in McCarren Park on the border of Williamsburg & Greenpoint, Brooklyn. It’s the Go Green! Greenpoint Festival – a belated Earth Day celebration! (Well, every day really is Earth Day).

There’ll be kids activities, wellness demos, and other crafters & artisans on hand selling eco-friendly goods.

I’ll be serving up free herbal tea samples, as well as all-over body cream testers. And just in time for Mother’s Day, I’ll have mini spa & pedicure gift sets.

Come on out and celebrate Mother Earth!

Go Green! Greenpoint Earth Day Festival

Saturday, May 5
Bayard St to Nassau Ave
(between Leonard and North 12 Sts)
(718) 599-0440
Subway: L to Lorimer St, G to Nassau Ave


prospect heights craft fair! saturday april 21

April 14, 2012

Oh happy day! I get to do a craft fair right in my own neighborhood. I can roll my goods right down the street to PS 9 on Underhill between St Mark’s & Bergen and set up shop. I’m excited to meet some neighbors and tell them about all of the goodies that I make.

Come on out, next Saturday, April 21, 11 am to 6pm for the Prospect Heights Craft Fair! Proceeds from the fair go to the PS 9 school arts program. There’ll be a raffle of goods, kids activities, eats, and of course lots of crafty artisans to support. Granola Lab, Sour Puss Pickles, Hecho en Brooklyn and many more local favorites will be there. Plus a barbecue sauce company that operates as a non-profit to provide healthcare to low income individuals in Norwalk, VA – it’s Snide-O-Mite!

Join us!

it’s vegan shop-up time again!

April 9, 2012

This Sunday, noon to 6pm! Get your delicious veggie-based treats at the Vegan Spring Shop-up! I’ll be there with my famous teas (including Vivid Visions!), tinctures, and other goodies, like Gonna Git You Sucka bug spray.

You’ll also find delicious eats from Brooklyn Hummus (best hummus ever!), Electric Blue Baking, Gone Pie, and Cake Bites, plus non-comestibles like Roots in Rust’s adorable air plant designs & Meow Meow Tweet’s soaps!

It’s going to be a delicious time!

Vegan Spring Shop-up

Sunday, April 15
noon to 6pm
Pine Box Rock Shop
Grattan St, Bushwick BK
Off the Morgan Ave L 

this saturday: brooklyn homesteader’s backyard homesteading bootcamp

April 2, 2012

With Spring now upon us, the time is ripe to dig in and start growing! Learn how to veggie garden, keep chickens & bees, homebrew, and so much more this Saturday with Meg Paska of Brooklyn Honey & Brooklyn Homesteader. I’ll be leading an afternoon session on making your own body care goods and cleaning solutions (including laundry soap!).

Come on out and get dirty, and then get clean!

Brooklyn Homesteader’s Backyard Homesteading Bootcamp (Spring 2012)

Saturday, April 7, 2012 from 9 AM to 5 PM

Greenpoint, Brooklyn

Sign up on EventBrite

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


-Chickens 101

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


-Beekeeping 101

-Wild Edibles

-Homebrewing basics

-DIY Home and Body Care

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.

Sign up here!

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.