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get dirty nyc! harvest festival, friday, october 21

October 10, 2011

It’s time to celebrate the abundance of this year’s harvest! Come on down to the Get Dirty NYC! and The Commons Harvest Festival fundraiser. All of the requisite ingredients for such a fest will be represented: local food & beer, bluegrass music, raffled prizes, and a lotion-making demo by me! Full details below…

Get Dirty NYC! and The Commons Harvest Festival fundraiser

Friday, October 21, 2011
7:30pm – 11:30pm
The Commons
388 Atlantic Ave, Brooklyn
(btwn Hoyt & Bond)

Celebrate the close of a productive growing season over food, drinks, demos, bluegrass music and merry-making at a joint fundraiser to benefit Get Dirty NYC! and The Commons! The party will be taking place at The Commons’ beautiful space in Brooklyn, which includes a working rooftop farm.

A $30 ticket includes seasonal hors d’oeuvres and a drink ticket. All proceeds benefit GDNYC! and The Commons.

  • Food by the Heat & the Coven
  • Drinks donated by Heartland Brewery and Bionade
  • Music by the Dust Busters bluegrass band
  • Demos by Raganella
  • Raffle Prizes include $65 worth of coffee from Stumptown Coffee, a $100 gift certificate from Jimmy’s no. 43, a $50 certificate from Cook’s Companion, and a $50 certificate from Bierkraft!

Space is limited so please RSVP on this Facebook event page or email You can also pay in advance on the Get Dirty NYC! website by clicking “Donate”.

If you’d like to volunteer at the party, please sign up at our wejoin page Volunteers at the party will receive free entry which includes food!

Get Dirty NYC!’s mission is to connect New Yorkers to hands-on gardening and farming opportunities around the city. GDNYC’s hope is to see New Yorkers working together to share skills, cultivate community relationships and nurture our city’s green spaces.

The Commons is a community & educational center dedicated to healthy communities, individuals and environment. Also home to the Foodshed market, open every Sunday 11-5 and Tues 4-8pm.

reminder: crafts in chelsea, october 15

October 3, 2011

The Annual Fall Crafts in Chelsea Festival put on by Brooklyn Craft Central is less than 2 weeks away! I’ll be tabling with none other than Erica Rothchild of Pumpkin & Honey Bunny (and P&H Soda Co.). A wide range of Raganella’s Botanical Solutions will be on sale, including herbal remedies, body care goods & cleaning solutions. I’m really looking forward to being part of this great local event. More details below…

The Annual Fall Crafts in Chelsea Festival
Saturday, October 15, 2011
West 21st St. between 8th and 9th Aves.
10:00am – 5:00pm.  Rain or Shine.

Benefits PS11’s amazing arts programs.

All info:


vegan shop-up, sunday, october 23

September 30, 2011

Come on out to the Pine Box Rock Shop in Bushwick for a wonderful assortment of local, vegan goodies & crafts on Sunday, October 23! I’ll be there selling herbal extracts, teas, dental care goods & more.

Details below (and follow this link to see who else will be there – yippee!!!)

Vegan Shop-up
at Pine Box Rock Shop
12 Grattan Street, Brooklyn
(Off the Morgan L)

Sunday, October 23
noon to 5pm

edible body scrubs – free demo, thursday, october 6

September 30, 2011

You try to eat well, get enough rest, and move your body. But what about the stuff you put on your body?

At this free demo at Sun In Bloom next Thursday, I’ll show you the simple art of mixing your own delicious, edible face & body scrubs. I’ll be using some of these yummy ingredients: seeds, grains, herbs, sugar & salt.

Scrumptious Body Scrubs
Free Demo
Thursday, October 6
6:30 to 8:00pm

Sun In Bloom Kitchen
460 Bergen St, Brooklyn
(btwn Flatbush & 5th Ave, steps from the 2/3 stop at Bergen St)

No need to RSVP, and did I mention it’s free?


halloween costume swap!

September 30, 2011

Do you have a pile of old Halloween costumes in the corner of your closet? Or maybe you’ve been wearing the same Halloween costume every year since 1999. Perhaps it’s time to trade in that Sponge Bob Square Pants get-up for something “new.” On Saturday, October 8, I’m co-hosting a Halloween Costume Swap at LaunchPad. Bring a costume or two (kids’s costumes, too!) and find someone (or something) new to be this Hallow’s Eve.

Full details in the flyer below…

Halloween Costume Swap
at LaunchPad
721 Franklin Ave, Brooklyn, NY
Saturday, October 8
4pm – 7pm

If you’re on facebook, you can RSVP here:

abundant october

September 26, 2011

Happy Fall! Sure, the weather will be cooling down now that we’re on the other side of the Autumnal Equinox, but things will be heating up for Raganella next month. Here’s a rundown of what’s up in October (plus, a taste of November).

Sunday, October 2
Sneak Peek at Freshkills Park
Selling Raganella’s Botanical Solutions (salves, creams, scrubs & more!)

Thursday, October 6
Scrumptious Body Scrubs
Giving a free demo at Sun In Bloom
460 Bergen St, BK

Saturday, October 8
Halloween Costume Swap at LaunchPad
721 Franklin Ave, BK
Co-hosting with Liz Loizou-Smith of Macaroni Kid & Barefoot Books

Saturday, October 15
Crafts in Chelsea with Brooklyn Craft Central
W 21st St btwn 8th & 9th Ave, Manhattan
Selling Raganella’s Botanical Solutions

Friday, October 21
Get Dirty NYC! and The Commons Harvest Festival fundraiser
388 Atlantic Ave, BK
Giving demos using local & seasonal ingredients to make lotion & scrubs

Sunday, October 23
Vegan Shop-up at Pine Box Rock Shop
12 Grattan St, BK
Selling Raganella’s Botanical Solutions (herbal extracts, teas & smoke blend)

Wednesday, November 2
Make Your Own Body Care Products at Third Root Community Health Center
380 Marlborough Rd, BK
(full details to come)

Saturday, November 19
Park Slope Craft Fair at the John Jay Building
237 7th Ave, BK
Selling Raganella’s Botanical Solutions

Sometime in November…
Workshop TBA at Brooklyn Collective
212 Columbia St, BK


sneak peek at freshkills

September 13, 2011

It may be one of the largest examples of turning trash into treasure. Where there once was (and I guess technically, still is) a landfill is now a sprawling meadow – a nature preserve and soon-to-be recreation area with views of the city skyline. At 2,200 acres, Freshkills Park on Staten Island will be 3 times the size of Central Park. It’s not officially open to the public yet, but once a year the parks department opens the gates for a Sneak Peek. It’s a rare opportunity that should not be missed!

This year, there’s a market component to the event. I’ll be there selling Raganella’s Botanical Solutions: plant-based body care, cleaning solutions, and herbal goodies. The event is free (as is much of the transportation, see below). There will be kayaking, hiking, walking tours, workshops, food trucks, and so much more. Oh, yes, and if you have any electronics that need disposing, there’ll be an e-waste drop-off in the parking lot. The details…

Sneak Peek at Freshkills Park

Sunday, October 2, 2011
11am to 4pm


How to get there (more info at

FREE WATER TAXI SERVICE and FREE SHUTTLE BUSES will operate regularly between the St. George Ferry Terminal and the event site.

BY PUBLIC TRANSIT Take S62 Bus to Victory Blvd and Glen St. Walk down Beresford Ave to Wild Ave.

BY BIKE Enter at the corner of Wild Ave and West Shore Expressway East Service Rd.

BY CAR Parking is available at Wild and Beresford Aves, near the Victory Blvd Exit of the West Shore Expressway and south of the Showplace Entertainment Center.


Pssst… Here’s a video I posted a couple of years ago when the park just began being developed.

update! biscuits, beer & crafts

September 9, 2011

{Mmmm, buttery biscuits. via food. people. want.}

UPDATE: This event now starts an hour later – 2 pm – making it more of a lunch than a brunch. It’ll still be great!

Jimmy’s No. 43 is at it again! Pairing delicious food & tasty suds with local handmade artisan goods. It’s the Back-to-school Biscuit & Beer Brunch and it’s happening next Saturday, September 17th. I’ll be there selling body care goods, cleaning solutions & herbal remedies at The Homemade Market. Come on out for a bite & peruse the little handmade market while you’re there. Details…

The Homemade Fare: Market & Brunch

Jimmy’s No. 43 Restaurant

43 E 7th St, Ny, Ny 10003

Back to School Biscuit & Beer Brunch

September 17th, 2011

1pm-5pm 2pm-5pm

Jimmys No. 43 is launching a brunch menu on Sept 17th, 2011 and we are coupling the local-fare focused brunch menu with a Homemade Market that promotes locally made products and small-scale business men and women by providing a vibrant market place to sell their locally made food items, handicrafts, cosmetics, body care, home care, and art!

Our Next Homemade Fare is a “Back to School Biscuit & Beer Brunch!” Participants:

SchoolHouse Kitchen – spreadable fruits & chutneys

Sour Puss Pickles

NYC Hot Sauce Co.

Raganella – all natural, plant-based body care & cleaning solutions

Emily Hanhan’s Bacon Jam

Among our featured events for The Homemade Fare: Market & Brunch, we have coordinated a Grilled Cheese and Pickle Party and an Ice Cream and Beer Social. We plan to coordinate a Cider and Apple Celebration, Pumpkin and Squash Costume Party, Thanksgiving Brunch + Market, and a Holiday Hoedown.

Grilled Cheese and Pickle Party:

Ice Cream and Beer Social:

Read the buzz from previous Jimmy’s events:




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: