Join us at Kingsland Wildflowers for an afternoon of hands-on learning with our community partners, Newtown Creek Alliance. We will learn about the basics of healthy soils, common contaminants, and ways to use natural methods in improving ecological function and better protecting human health. An introductory lecture will be followed by soil testing, seed-bomb making, and outdoor planting at a street-end in Greenpoint.
Snacks and light refreshments served; Learn more and register here.
10am - 12pm, Street Tree Care with Sophia Wohl and Bill Schmidt Greening Greenpoint - Give the street trees on Kingsland Avenue a little love. Get to know them and what they need to thrive. Norman Ave to Greenpoint Ave ***meet at McGolrick Park at the Pavillion***
Lecture: Tatiana Morin from Urban Soils Institute
12 - 2pm, Soil Testing 101 With George Lozefski from Urban Soils Institute - What are the macronutrients, pH, and salinity of your soil? Why are these things important? Bring in your own soil or experiment with someone else’s learn how to make sure your soil is in good shape.
12 - 2pm, Explore Your Soil (Volunteers needed!) - What’s it all made up of anyway? Using microscopes and hand lenses discover the detail and surprising life that makes life on earth as we know it possible.
12 - 2pm, Free Compost Giveaway and Mixing Techniques w/ DSNY and NAG (Volunteers needed!) - Compliments of DSNY, you can take home your own 40lb bag of compost, made right here in NYC by NYC! Compost is a soil amendment so you should know how to mix it right, we’ll show you how.
12 - 2pm, Soil is for everyone! w/ EcoSchools - The youngest among us can get involved too. Make seed balls, color some microbes or fungi, street trees or flowers coloring books. Get to know Kingsland Wildflowers by taking a kid-friendly tour. Kids love mixing soil and using shovels - here’s their chance. There is so much to do and we love safe play!
2 - 4pm, Greenpoint Ave Waterfront Planting w/ Newtown Creek Alliance - Help us reclaim our waterfront with the planting of native plants in new planters and along the sidewalk. The plants have been chosen to attract birds and bees and other pollinators that need our help finding food in the otherwise harsh industrial environment.
Check out highlights from NCA's 2016 Bioremediation Workshop below: