Upcoming Workshops

Sculpting a Water Retentive Landscape

Date & Time: 
05/06/2017 - 2:00pm - 5:00pm

A NATURE Lab workshop with Collard City Growers gardener and coordinator Christian Grigoraskos

As environmental stewards in our community, water security is at the forefront of our consciousness. We are constantly looking for ways to preserve and respect water as a precious resource (BECAUSE IT IS!). Utilizing rainwater barrels and closed-loop aquaponic systems are a couple ways that we plan on managing our water supply in the garden, but there are techniques for building efficient irrigation systems directly into the landscape.

Join us to learn how to build the most open-source, democratic, and FREE irrigation system out there: SWALE & BERMS. 

The resulting garden beds will become our community cooking greens patch: collards, kale, and chard -- here we come! Participants of this workshop will leave with plans for building their own A-frame level and muscle memory to dig swales and berms in their own backyards.  


Bees and the Cooperative Community / Potluck / “Forming Gift / Free / Mutual Aid / Barter Networks” with Caroline Woolard

Date & Time: 
05/06/2017 - 5:00pm - 9:00pm

5-6 PM Bees and the Cooperative Community
with CCG gardeners Azure Keahi and Christian Grigoraskos
An introduction to urban beekeeping. Reflect upon the importance of cooperative action!

6-7 PM Community Potluck

7-9 PM “Forming Gift / Free / Mutual Aid / Barter Networks” with Caroline Woolard

Artist and organizer Caroline Woolard begins the workshop with a quick presentation on seven solidarity economy models that establish local wealth and community resilience. Participants will then work in small groups to brainstorm ways to refine and adapt these models to the Sactuary and the surrounding neighborhood.

The Relationship of Cinema and Activism: How to Develop Social Issue Films with Brett Story

Date & Time: 
05/10/2017 - 4:30pm - 6:00pm

An intimate discussion with filmmaker Brett Story on the relationship between art and politics, cinema and activism, and how to use film more expansively (ie. outside the usual “advocacy” documentary) to speak to social issues.

New date! Post-Industrial Ecologies of the Hudson River Estuary with Seed Bomb Art Workshop

Date & Time: 
05/14/2017 - 1:00pm - 4:00pm

In his talk and workshop, ecological artist, writer, and activist Oliver Kellhammer will frame post-industrial ecologies as sites of renewal and the emergence of novel processes. Together, we will bio-map our area to begin a field guide to the biodiversity of our North Troy neighborhood brownfields. 

Followed by a Seed Bomb Art work party with a hands-on demo of how to make a seed bomb. Made from compressed soil and seeds, seed bombs are designed to be thrown into areas that are degraded, physically abused, or in need of vegetation. We'll release seed bombs along our bio-mapping journey!