Join us for a lively evening learning about Food, Flowers and Farming at The Horticultural Society of New York!
April 8, 2014 from 6:30 – 9:30pm
148 West 37th Street, 13th floor
New York, NY
beverages and snacks provided
Parks & Trials NY. Parks & Trails New York is New York’s leading statewide advocate for parks and trails, dedicated since 1985 to improving our health, economy, and quality of life through the use and enjoyment of green space. Parks & Trails New York has worked with hundreds of community organizations and municipalities to envision, create, promote, and protect a growing network of parks and more than 1,500 miles of greenways, bike paths, and trails throughout New York State.
Urban Permaculture. The word Permaculture comes from permanent and agriculture, and it’s a whole system approach to the design of human settlements that integrates landscape, built structures, agriculture, ecology, energy, and economy into a framework that provides opportunities for humans to become a benefit to the planet while supplying resources for an abundant existence. Shortly, permaculture is a system to meet human needs while increasing ecosystem health.comes from permanent and agriculture, and it’s a whole system approach to the design of human settlements that intrates landscape, built structures, agriculture, ecology, energy, and economy into a framework that provides opportunities for humans to become a benefit to the planet while supplying resources for an abundant existence. Shortly, permaculture is a system to meet human needs while increasing ecosystem health.
Anyone using permaculture design principles can transform their sill, roof top, patio or balcony into a sustainable food-producing garden: composting produces naturally rich soil out of kitchen scraps; tier planting, vertical growing, and inter-croping imitate the natural processes of a forest combining plants that thrive together while maximizing the production in small urban spaces.
Silvia Neri is an architectural designer and received her Permaculture Design Certification under the guidance of Andrew Faust, one of the premier Permaculture teachers and designers in North America. Her professional practice focuses on developing urban farms of any scale, transforming the cityscape by making it greener and more sustainable, and offering people a more holistic way of living.
The Hort. The mission of the Horticultural Society of New York (The Hort) is to sustain the vital connection between people and plants. Our social service and public programs educate and inspire, growing a broad community that values horticulture for the many benefits it brings to our environment, our neighborhoods, and our lives.
The Hort’s programs beautify low-income communities across the five boroughs and help make New York greener. The Hort builds learning gardens in public schools for thousands of disadvantaged children suffering from a lack of green spaces and fresh foods, and provides much-needed professional development to their teachers. The Hort offers horticultural therapy and vocational training to inmates on Rikers Island and helps them learn not just a skill but how to change the very course of their lives. The Hort also provides transitional—yet marketable—employment to at-risk youth and ex-offenders, and assists them in securing full-time jobs.