Suddenly, there are scads of workshops, panels, events, and parties for the conscious set in NYC. Whether you want to eat more local, you’re interested in sustainable fashion, or you’re a straight-up bookworm, there are several events in here for you.


Vegan Fashion: Issues and Innovations in Sustainability

Thurs. 03/19 | 7:30 pm @ Bushwick Inlet Park Building, 86 Kent Ave @ N. 9th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Where cruelty-free meets eco-friendly: The Ethical Writers Coalition Presents a round-table discussion on vegan fashion and sustainability. This exciting event in Brooklyn features moderator Joshua Katcher (adjunct professor at Parsons The New School, founder of Brave Gentleman, and editor at The Discerning Brute), with fellow vegan fashion designers discussing the challenges and latest innovations, from high-tech, low-impact synthetics to lab-grown leather. It’s a must for aspiring designers, stylish vegans, and anyone interested in sustainable fashion. Join us for an inspiring conversation over refreshments from Little Choc Apothecary. Ask questions, meet the designers, and learn what’s next for cruelty-free design. Panelists include Leanne Mai-ly Hilgart of Vaute Couture, Melanie Linehan of animal behavior, and Sugandh G. Agrawal of GUNAS. Anyone who wants to head to Kent Ale House across the street after the event is also welcome to join us for drinks!

Admission is free but seating is limited, so please RSVP at


I’m skipping a friend’s birthday to attend this party – it’ll be that good. It’s open to the public, just make sure to RSVP to


Duck, Duck! Rye?

Sun. 03/22 | 1 to 3 pm @ Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 East 7th Street (btn 2nd and 3rd Ave) 

Join Slow Food NYC at this competitive, all-duck “quack” down, where dueling chefs will deliver delectable duck dishes for your delight. Sample spirits made in New York featuring ingredients grown in New York. Pouring beverages at the event are Breuckelen Distilling, Van Brunt Stillhouse and Kings County Distilling, with more to come. Proceeds from this event will benefit the non-profit Slow Food NYC Urban Harvest program supporting good food education for New York City kids at 16 schools around the city and on an educational, urban farm in East New York, Brooklyn.

Tickets are $20 for Slow Food Members and $25 for non-members. 

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03/28 | 8:30 to 9:30 pm local time

Earth Hour was famously started as a lights-off event in Sydney, Australia in 2007. Since then it has grown to engage more than 162 countries and territories worldwide. To show support for combatting climate change, switch off your lights for one hour. If you’re going to be somewhere other than home, work on getting the powers that be to agree to an hour of lights off!

Sustainable Global Sourcing Forum

03/24 | 9 am to 5 pm @ Fashion Institute of Technology, John E. Reeves Great Hall, 7th Ave. @ 27th Street, Manhattan

Hear keynote speakers and panelists discuss current sustainable global sourcing trends, challenges and opportunities along organizations’ supply chains and product life cycles. Topics include creating successful sourcing relationships, employee engagement, sustainable sourcing in the cosmetics and fragrance industry, sustainable sourcing in the fashion industry. Plus, you’ll have the opportunity to network with experts from large and small brands.

Free. Register here.

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Tues. 03/24 | 6 pm @ Katie Murphy Ampitheater, Museum at FIT, 27th Street and 7th Ave

Simone Cipriani, founder of the Ethical Fashion Initiative, a flagship program of the International Trade Centre, will talk about EFI’s efforts to propel the international fashion industry in Ghana, Mali, Burkina Faso and Kenya, and how EFI enables artisans living in urban and rural poverty to connect with the global fashion chain, while encouraging the use of sustainable, environmentally sound materials and practices.

Free with RSVP

floral crown copyBloom: A Sustainable Flower Workshop

04/29 (Ticket sales end 04/25) | 11 am to 6 pm @ Mode Marteau, DUMBO

Ready for Spring? Celebrate the budding season with a full day of floral workshops. Debra Prinzing of and the Ethical Writers Coalition are teaming up with local florists and creatives to bring you Bloom: A Sustainable Workshop! Learn to make your own fresh flower crown, create a perfect bouquet, or DIY a reclaimed vase. Join one or all of these intimate classes for a hands-on and creative experience in sustainability, and of course, lovely local flowers.

11 am: Xristina from La Vie Rosie 

Participants will create a fresh flower and herb crown to wear that day and then learn how to dry and reuse it for a second life!

1:30 pm: Stella and Miriam of The Garden Apartment 

An interactive design workshop on reclaimed materials and minimal construction. Participants will create a self-constructed vessel ready to hold local flowers!

4 pm: Rachel of Taproot and Molly and Deborah from Molly Oliver Flowers

Local Flowers 101: Growing & Arranging. Learn their flower arranging tips & tricks, the importance of sustainable flowers, and how to best care for your arrangement.

$35 to $65 per workshop. Space is limited!

crash-course-dots-_cropped-470x260Sustainability Crash Course

Sat. 03/28 | 9 am to 5 pm @ Engineering Building, 200 Willoughby Ave, Brooklyn

Imagine being able to spend one amazing day immersed in learning about sustainable design—and meeting the people who have pioneered new thinking and practices. In it’s fifth annual Sustainability Crash Course, Pratt will present a day-long series of workshops with a host of experts from Pratt’s sustainable design faculty and elsewhere. With over 20 speakers, it is sure to be a fantastic day of exploration and inspiration!

Free. Registration required. Space is limited.

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03/26 | 7 to 9 pm @ Makeshift Society, 55 Hope Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

In this workshop, students will learn the basics of dyeing a silk fabric with natural materials using the ice dyeing method. Will also learn the basics of mordants and natural dye sources. Each student will take home one large silk scarf and two smaller handkerchiefs. Instructor Lily Piyathaisere is a fiber artist, jewelry designer and graphic designer living in Brooklyn, New York. She is the founder of the fiber and ceramic based accessories line, Gamma Folk.

Tickets are $45. Material fee: (Not included in ticket price): $15


04/01 | 7 to 9 pm @ Room & Board, 236 West 18th St, Manhattan

Join the GrowNYC community for seasonal beverages and hors d’oeuvres, reconnect with one another and look ahead to spring.  The event is hosted by Room & Board, a furniture shop that works closely with American artisans to offer furniture and accessories—even custom pieces—that fit the needs of modern life. Your donation benefits GrowNYC, which provides opportunities for making sustainable choices and actions a permanent fixture of NYC—textile recycling, building-wide and school-wide recycling programs, healthy eating at their 54 Greenmarkets, composting, school and community gardens, reuse opportunities like Stop ‘N’ Swap events, and much more.

Tickets are $70

tomatoes-300x225Planning Your Urban Vegetable Garden

04/02 | 6:30 to 8:30 pm @ COFFEED, 37-18 Northern Boulevard, Long Island City, Queens

Head Brooklyn Grange Farmer Ben will take you through all of the early decisions to make, such as construction, soil remediation, and composting. You’ll discuss different types of planting boxes, sun exposures, soil, seeds, the best places to purchase what you need, and planting schedules. Believe it or not, planning your garden can look a lot like planning a farm, and they’ll share with you the secrets they’ve found most helpful in increasing their yields and avoiding disappointing pests and problems.  They can even help you plan your harvests around that summer vacation you’re taking in August! Each attendee will make a diagram of their own plots, and share with like-minded urban gardeners.

Tickets are $35

unnamed-1Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: A conversation with co-authors Gene Baur and Gene Stone

Mon. 04/06 | Doors open at 6:30 pm, program at 7 pm @ Deepak Homebase, Mezzanine of ABC Home, 888 Broadway, Manhattan

Gene Baur Farm Sanctuary, the first animal rescue organization dedicated to farmed animal. Gene Stone is a writer, vegan, horologist and the author of Forks Over Knives. Jane Velez-Mitchell is an award-winning television journalist and bestselling author. Join them and  special guests award-winning TV journalist and bestselling author Jane Velez Mitchell  and vegan socialite and entrepreneur Cornelia Guest for a discussion of animal rights.

Ticket is $35 and includes a copy of Living the Farm Sanctuary Life: The Ultimate Guide to Eating Mindfully, Living Longer, and Feeling Better Every Day.

Edible-15.04.08-CSAMovement-780x780Community Supported What?

04/08 | 8 to 10 pm @ The Brooklyn Brewery, 79 N 11th Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Explore the concept of “CSA,” or community-supported agriculture. Panelists will discuss traditional and nontraditional models, as well as the challenges versus the benefits. You’ll leave educated and motivated to sign up for one that fits your lifestyle. Edible digital editor Ariel Lauren Wilson will moderate the panel featuring:

Tickets are $5

Screen Shot 2015-03-12 at 12.38.02 PMFourth Annual Food Book Fair

04/10 to  04/12 @ Wythe Hotel, Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Highlights include FOODIEODICALS, the fourth festival of over 25 indie food magazines including Lucky Peach, Cherry Bombe, Drift and Mouthfeel; panel discussions on Sugar and Sweets, Vegetable-Forward Cooking and Chinese Food in America featuring April Bloomfield, Franklin Becker, Joanne Chang, Glenn Roberts, Amanda Cohen and many more; conversation and tasting with esteemed writer and critic Mimi Sheraton tied to her new book “1,000 Foods To Eat Before You Die”; a pop-up bookstore presented by Kitchen Arts & Letter, cocktail event and interactive reading with Death & Company; Tables of Contents Dinner at Egg Restaurant feasting on “The Member of the Wedding” by Carson McCuller; Bar Tartine tasting with chefs Nick Balla and Cortney Burns; and Oyster Hour with chef Jeremy Sewall of Island Creek Oysters and chef Andrew Gerson of Brooklyn Brewery.

Tickets $5 to $349. View the full schedule of events here

sidetour_full_foragingForaging Tour

Sat. 04/18 | 11 am to 1 pm @ Prospect Park

Wild edible plants are all around — in our city parks, as the “weeds” in community gardens and backyards, even in abandoned parking lots. You just need to know where to look. Leda, author of several books including Northeast Foraging: 120 Wild and Flavorful Edibles from Beach Plums to Wineberries, will show you how to safely spot wild edibles such as black raspberries, sassafras, wild “cardoons”, daylily blossoms and many more natural delights. Discover the tastes and aromas of these wild, seasonal ingredients. Learn how to sustainably harvest and then deliciously prepare them.

Reserve a spot for $20

Painting+on+silk+workshop+flier+2Painting on Silk: a Natural Dye Workshop

4/18 | 11 am to 2 pm @ 247 W 29th St between 7th and 8th Aves, Manhattan

Kremer Pigments has been discovering and redeveloping historical pigments since 1977. Their assortment consists of over 1000 different mineral pigments made from precious and semiprecious stones. Using natural dye stuffs and extracts from Kremer Pigments’ vast supply, learn from the dogwood dyer about the direct application of paints made from natural dye plants and extracts. Each participant will leave with two 36″x 36″ painted silk scarves and a handout outlining natural dye painting techniques and recipes to recreate this beautiful art at home.

Reserve a space for $95

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Sun. 04/19 | 2 to 5 pm @ Union Square in the alcove along Union Square West, just north of E. 15th Street.

This spring’s Earth Day New York events will include a sharing/collaborative economy exhibition. As part of that exhibition, Earth Day New York, BK Swappers, and other organizations are putting together a book swap, giving people an opportunity to share with others books that were important to them and talk to other people who are passionate about the sharing/collaborative economy. For each book you bring, you’ll get a ticket to take one book from the swap area. Come early to drop off your books, hang out to see what shows up, and stay to chat with fellow swappers. Books must be in good condition and must be used, and you’re encouraged to bring books that made an impact on you. Each person can bring up to five books to swap. Books left at the end of the swap will be donated to Housing Works Bookstore Cafe.

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