Posts Tagged ‘workshops’

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

diy body care workshop – april 20

April 5, 2011

Wednesday, April 20

Natural Beauty: Make-it-yourself Body Care

I’m leading this workshop which is hosted by The Good Life’s Melissa Danielle!

Are you ready to get crafty making luxurious lotions, polishing cleansers, and other body care products? In this hands-on workshop, you’ll learn the simple art of mixing up your very own customized goods that enhance your natural beauty. Many of the ingredients we’ll work with can be found in your cupboard, or are easily located at your local grocery store.

Everyone walks away with 3 products (all-over body cream, facial cleanser, body scrub, deodorant; subject to change).

Please bring: three 4-oz. glass containers (mason or baby food jars work great.) We will also have containers on hand to purchase if need be.

The Brooklyn Free School
372 Clinton Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Wednesday, April 20
Workshop begins 7pm, ends at 9:30pm

– $35 for Non-members
– Free for Members of The Good Life

Register here

More info about The Good Life

make it yourself!

December 17, 2010

I want to let you in on a little secret. Making your own cleaning products is ridiculously simple. And fun. So simple and fun that, I guarantee that once you start, you won’t go back to buying the stuff off the shelf anymore. Even the good ones (Seventh Generation, Ecover, Simple Green) you’ll probably end up leaving behind. Here are just some of the benefits of making your own: you’ll save money, you can reuse the bottles (no wasted packaging), you can customize them to your liking, the ingredients are recognizable and non-toxic, and you’ll feel good about creating (instead of consuming). Same goes for making your own body care products. Plus, they make great gifts.

So how does one get started making their own products? Well, you can look up some recipes or pick up a good recipe book like Better Basics for the Home or Earthly Bodies & Heavenly Hair. Or if you live in NYC, I can teach you how in the comfort of your own home. Better yet, invite a few friends over and make it a party. A make-it-yourself party. You choose whether you want to make cleaning products or body care products and I’ll provide everything you need to create. Everyone walks away with 3 customized products, plus additional recipes and info on where to find ingredients. All that for only $30 per person. Book both a cleaning and body care party and your fee (as the host) for one of the parties is free.

Here’s a little sneak peak of what we might make at a party:

The labels on your jars might be a little different, but the contents will look very similar to something you’ll make. I made these products as a promotion for Green Mountain Energy, a wind energy company based in NYC (and Texas). You might run into one of the Green Mountain reps out on the sidewalk in front of your favorite health food store or at a craft or eco fair in the near future. And maybe you’ll see some of these little products there, too.

Here are some photos from a recent body care making get-together:

So grab some friends and pick some dates and give me a shout and we’ll work it out: liz (at) raganella (dot) com.