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The World Health Organization has declared the COVID-19 disease, known as the coronavirus, a pandemic. At GreenThumb, the health and safety of our partners and the public is always our top concern. As a result, all GreenThumb-led workshops are being cancelled, postponed, or offered online until further notice.  You can learn more, including how to help stop the spread of the coronavirus, on the CDC or NYC Department of Health and Mental Hygiene's webpage.


LUNCH WITH GREENTHUMB!

Join us for a series of online workshops to dig in, grow food, and keep your community garden going while following health and safety protocols. 

Missed a workshop? Links to videos are here for the ones we have a video for.

Open Orchard School: Bud Grafting and Summer Tree Care
Wednesday, July 8, Noon - 1:00 p.m.

What’s the best way to keep fruit trees healthy in the warmer, dryer months? As buds begin to form, how can grafting be used to increase the diversity of your harvest? In this workshop led by artist and orchardist Sam Van Aken, you will learn the basics of bud grafting, a longstanding agricultural practice used to produce hybrid trees. And while you’re bud grafting, now’s also a great time to think about summer tree care, from installing a simple irrigation system to proper pruning and mulching.
Please RSVP here so we can be in touch with information for joining virtually.

What's Wrong With My Vegetable Plant? Office Hours with Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tuesday, July 14, Noon - 1:00 p.m.
What are these spots on my tomatoes? What is this bug, and is it eating or helping my crops? GreenThumb is thrilled to partner with Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) this summer to help GreenThumb community gardeners have a successful growing season. Please submit your photos and questions in advance (photos from past seasons are welcome if you anticipate recurring issues this season). During the virtual office hours sessions on the second Tuesday each month, CCE Urban Agriculture Specialists Yolanda Gonzalez and Sam Anderson, together with GreenThumb staff, will do our best to provide answers, tips, and suggestions! Register to attend the virtual office hours sessions at cce_office_hours.eventbrite.com. These sessions are reserved for members of GreenThumb community gardens in good standing. Please submit your photos and questions in advance, by Friday at noon before each session (July 10 at noon is the deadline for the July 14 office hours). 
Please RSVP here so we can be in touch with information for joining virtually.

We will also be offering Office Hours in Spanish on July 15.
 

Reclaiming Ancestral Knowledge: Caribbean Cookery Bootcamp 
Saturday, July 18, 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Come learn the basics of health supportive knife skills, preparation and cooking tech - saute, braise, stew, through the lens of Caribbean Cookery. Caribbean cooking is a rich and unique blend of African, Creole, West Indian, Latin American influences. With the thought of reclaiming heritage based diets at the forefront we will do the above while learning to work with ingredients such as: Malanga, Yautia, Platano, Bayleaf, Culantro, Coconut, Batata, Bonaito and a Wide range of Peppers. This virtual cooking class is part of the Reclaiming Ancestral Knowledge taught By Chef Yadira Garcia (Happy Healthy Latina), who has educated and empowered thousands of NYC residents and kids over the past 4 years, in community cooking classes, to have fun, explore and eat global, while sourcing local. 
Please RSVP here so we can be in touch with information for joining virtually.
 
What's Wrong With My Vegetable Plant? Office Hours with Cornell Cooperative Extension
Tuesday, Aug. 11, Noon - 1:00 p.m.
What are these spots on my tomatoes? What is this bug, and is it eating or helping my crops? GreenThumb is thrilled to partner with Cornell Cooperative Extension (CCE) this summer to help GreenThumb community gardeners have a successful growing season. Please submit your photos and questions in advance (photos from past seasons are welcome if you anticipate recurring issues this season). During the virtual office hours sessions on the second Tuesday each month, CCE Urban Agriculture Specialists Yolanda Gonzalez and Sam Anderson, together with GreenThumb staff, will do our best to provide answers, tips, and suggestions! Register to attend the virtual office hours sessions at cce_office_hours.eventbrite.com. These sessions are reserved for members of GreenThumb community gardens in good standing. Please submit your photos and questions in advance, by Friday at noon before each session (July 10 at noon is the deadline for the July 14 office hours). 
Please RSVP here so we can be in touch with information for joining virtually.
 
We will also be offering Office Hours in Spanish on Wednesday, Aug.12.
 
 
Open Orchard School: Fruit Harvesting, Recipes and Preservation Techniques
Tuesday, Aug. 18, Noon - 1:00 p.m.

What does an heirloom peach that hasn't been grown in the NYC region in over 300 years, taste like? When’s the best time to pick it? What are some recipes that celebrate it and how can it be preserved? Get answers to these and other questions at this virtual workshop with artist and orchardist Sam Van Aken, live-streamed from his “Tree of 40 Fruit” on the campus of Syracuse University.
Please RSVP here so we can be in touch with information for joining virtually.
 
Reclaiming Ancestral Knowledge: Exploring Food Sovereignty Through Seed Saving and Deep Water Culture
Tuesday, Sept. 15, 5:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
Using one of the simplest way to start growing food, we use the ancestral practice and tradition of deep water culture and hydroponics. Together we will explore the savings, environmental sustainability, health benefits and pathway to heritage based healing/eating that growing our own herbs provides. Using tools such as mason jars, quart jars and repurposed tupperware and composted tree bark. 
Please RSVP here so we can be in touch with information for joining virtually.
 

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