City Park Foraging Tours

Weekends 11:45 am – 3:45 pm

Because of the warm winter, many early season edibles are already around, such as daylily shoots, flowering hairy bittercress, lesser celandine, chickweed, curly dock and bitter dock, garlic mustard, rockweed, wild carrots, as well as common evening primrose.

$20 suggested donation. Call Wildman Steve Brill at (914) 835-2153 and register for a tour, or sign up on his site.

Resist

Every day for the next four years @ all over NYC

Itching to hit the streets and keep the momentum going from the Women’s March? Here’s a list of protests going on every day in the city, sometimes there are a dozen to choose from, so no excuses!

 

Grand Opening of Mayanoki, NYC’s Only Sustainable Omakase Sushi Restaurant

Wednesday, May 31st @ 620 E. 6th St. in Manhattan

It’s been nearly 5 years since Mayanoki introduced the only sustainable sushi omakase in NYC, and now they have finally found a permanent home. Mayanoki (my-ya-no-key) focuses on serving strictly local and sustainably sourced seafood. From working directly with fishermen to being the only sushi restaurant recognized by the Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch for sustainability, they stand behind prolonging the life of our oceans and make sure those values are at the core of everything they do. Mayanoki’s dinners are served in a traditional multi-course omakase format in an intimate setting where you can watch how your dinner is prepared and learn first hand from the chef where it comes from.

$95 for 15 courses | Make your reservations here.

Travel+SocialGood NYC Presents: Voices from the Sea

Thursday, June 8th, 7pm – 9pm @ TBD

On June 8th, join Travel+SocialGood NYC for an event occurring in tandem with the TSG sister Hubs in Austin, Chicago, DC, Dubai and Sao Paulo to discuss how the travel industry can positively impact and preserve life under water. They will tackle discussions around ocean and water conservation on a global level, and then bring it back down to what you can do to make a positive impact on a local level and in your day-to-day lives. The goal is for you to walk away feeling empowered to take effective action for marine conservation in your own life. 

Free | Register here.

Natural Spectrum Dye Workshop

Thursday, June 8th, 6pm – 9pm @ Brooklyn Grange, Clinton Ave and Flushing Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11205

In this workshop you will gain knowledge and experiment with the time honored art of natural dyeing. Participants will learn about the many plants, roots, berries, minerals, and insects that have been used for thousands of years to create color on cloth. Historical context as well as proper procedure to achieve the most vibrant and long lasting results will be covered. Participants are welcome to bring a small garment of their own to dye (natural fibers only: wool, cotton, silk, linen, etc.). Each participant will leave with silk and cotton scarves and comprehensive handouts outlining natural dye techniques, resources, and recipes to practice this beautiful art at home.

$85 | Purchase tickets here.

Organic Indigo Dyeing Workshop

Friday, June 9th, 6pm – 8:30pm @ United By Blue, 245 Elizabeth St, NY, NY 10012

Unlike most modern indigo dye vats that are prepared quickly with a chemical reducing agent, this workshop will use only sugar and natural ingredients to activate the indigo dyeing power of the vat. Indigo is unlike any other natural dye process in many ways and the blue color produced is rich, complex and unparalleled in beauty. Each participant will leave with 2 finished dyed bandanas, resources lists and instructional guide on how to repeat the process at home. Participants are also encouraged to bring their own medium to small sized natural fiber (cotton, wool, silk, linen, etc.) garment or item to dye.

$45 | Purchase tickets here.

Scaling Natural Dyes for Large and Small Brands

Tuesday, June 13th, 6pm – 8pm @ Brooklyn Fashion + Design Accelerator, 630 Flushing Ave, 7th Floor, Brooklyn, NY 11206

If you are a designer looking to add natural dyes to your collection, join Botanical Colors for a presentation on scaling natural dyes for large as well as small brands. This presentation will explore the complete range of beautiful textile dyes designers can use on animal or plant fibers as well as ways a brand can grow using non-toxic dyes versus the more common synthetic dyes.

$10 | RSVP here.

Sustainable Strategies for your Design Business

Wednesday, June 7th & Friday June 9th, 6:30pm – 9:20pm

You’re not in business to make more stuff for the sake of it, rather, you find entrepreneurship and design as a way to be a good steward for the environment and society. In the “Sustainable Strategies for your Design Business” class, sustainability expert Carolyn Schafer can help you make the biggest positive impact possible through your business! Discover not only alternative materials and innovations for sustainable design, but also integrative strategies that can change the game for your product’s footprint. Understand the entire lifecycle and countless inputs and outputs of the design process, then practice your new knowledge of sustainability by applying strategies to a product of your choice.

$305 (2-session class) | Register here.

If there’s anything I forgot, let me know in the comments!