Screen Shot 2016-03-10 at 9.53.34 PMConscious Magazine x SoulCycle Charity Release Ride

Saturday, March 12 | 2 pm @ SoulCycle, 5 Bryant Park, Manhattan

Join the cardio party! The Conscious x SoulCycle ride kicks off on March 12th, and you’re invited to take part in the fitness festivities. Come one, come all, bring a guest and find your soul! The ride will be led by Ryan Steinman, who was featured in Conscious Magazine’s latest issue. Shoes and water are included, and all riders will receive a complimentary copy of Conscious Magazine and a Silver SoulCycle Bag. Proceeds will be donated to the Dave Nee Foundation whose mission is to eliminate the stigma associated with depression and suicide by promoting and encouraging not only the diagnosis and treatment of depression among young adults, but also the education of young people, their families, and friends about the disease of depression.

RSVP for $34

vsu_march_2016_web-1Vegan Shop-Up

Saturday, March 12th | 12-6pm @  Pine Box Rock Shop, 12 Grattan St., Bushwick, Brooklyn

Discover the best vegan, locally made foods and goods at NYC’s first all vegan pop-up market. Get ready for… Seitan Sandwiches + Chocolates + Kombucha + Irish Soda Bread + Chili Cheese Dogs + Donuts + Tempeh Burgers + Raw Nachos + Pretzel Cinnamon Buns + Pizza + Croissants + Cannoli + Artisan Cheeses + Pickles + Pâtés + Pot Pies + Cannolis + Hot Sauce + Peanut Butter Cups + Macarons + Empanadas + Mac ‘n’ Cheese + Gluten-Free Sweets + Handbags + Lipsticks + Skin Care + more. See the full vendor line up HERE.

Free, but you must be 21 or over.

s_handloomIntroduction to Handloom Weaving

Saturday, March 12 | 11 am t0 2 pm @ 141 S. 5th Street, Brooklyn

Students will learn how to hand weave their own tapestry wall hanging on a lap loom. All materials for weaving and learning techniques are included, but students are encouraged to bring fibers (yarns or string) and objects they would like to incorporate in their tapestries. (Note weaving is a slow process and you won’t be able to finish a complete wall hanging but each student will take home their 12″x12″ loom & enough yarns to continue the exploration.)

Register for $145


NYC Audubon Winter EcoCruise

Sunday, March 13th | Boards: 11:45AM,  Sails: 12:00-2:00PM @ Pier 16 in historic South Street Seaport, Downtown Manhattan

It’s the last weekend for this amazing cruise! I went on it a couple weekends ago, and we saw ducks, several species of seagull (did you know there are several species of seagulls?) and seals! They provide free rentals of binoculars, and will take you right up to some fascinating deserted islands south of Manhattan. Definitely worth a Sunday afternoon.

Price: $35 for Adults, $25 for Children

justfoodJust Food Conference

Sunday, March 13th @ the Teachers College, Columbia University

The annual Just Food Conference will bring together over 700 organizers, community leaders, CSA members, local food advocates, urban and rural farmers, food professionals, entrepreneurs, and members of the press to participate in a full day of trainings, panels, policy discussions, and good food. Just Food’s Conference programming covers national farm and food policy issues, approaches to urban agriculture, culinary and food preservation techniques, and strategies to mobilize communities in order to increase access to fresh, locally grown food. This year the six farmers of Rise & Root Farm will deliver the Keynote Address.

Tickets are $40 – $520.

Union Square Maple Fest

Friday, March 18 | 10 am – 4 pm @ Union Square Greenmarket North Plaza

Featuring farmers, producers and winemakers within a striking distance of New York City, this event includes music, demos, free samples and all things maple. Every Greenmarket maple producer will be featured at a maple dipping bar. There will be free samples of maple-flavored products like candy, beer and maple turkey from Dipaola Turkey Farm. Deep Mountain Maple will be on hand for maple tapping educational demos alternating with Beth Linskey of Beth’s Farm Kitchen, preparing and sampling waffles, chunky maple apple sauce and maple squash soup. EscapeMaker will be on hand with info on how to visit farms, farm stores, breweries and wineries whether by car, bus or by Amtrak. Plus, representatives will be on hand from Westchester Tourism, Corning and The Southern Finger Lakes, Vermont Tourism and Dutchess County Tourism with info about visiting their local areas for your next agritourism escape.

greenthumb32nd Annual GreenThumb GrowTogether

Saturday, March 19, 2016 | 8:30 am – 4 pm

Join over a thousand community gardeners and greening professionals from all over New York City for a day of learning, sharing, networking, and greening inspiration. This year’s conference features exciting new workshops and returning favorites, including many hands-on and youth-focused workshops, for gardeners of all ages.

Pre-register online by March 14, 2016. Pre-registration tickets cost $5 and includes breakfast, workshops, lunch, and a t-shirt. Tickets at the door cost $7 and will include breakfast and workshops. Children 12 and under are free.

duckDuck Off!

Sunday, March 20 | 1 – 3 pm @ Jimmy’s No. 43, 43 East 7th Street (btn 2nd & 3rd Aves); Manhattan

Duck Confit, Peking Duck, Duck Tacos, Duck Ragu, Duck Tagine… Join Slow Food NYC at this competitive duck derby, where chefs will deliver a dozen delectable, duck dishes for eaters’ delight and Hudson Valley Duck Farm will serve up delicious duck charcuterie! Also, Jimmy’s No. 43 is offering ticket buyers $1 off on two libations from their collection of artisanal Spirits of New York. Proceeds from this event will support Slow Food NYC Urban Harvest, Slow Food’s program of good food education for New York City children at their summer, tuition-free, educational urban farm in East New York, Brooklyn and at 16 schools in the South Bronx and East Harlem, on the Lower East Side, and in Brooklyn.

$20 for members | $25 for non-members

bkswappersBK Swappers

Tuesday, March 22 | 7 to 9:30 pm @ Fine & Raw,  288 Seigel Street, Brooklyn

This free event is for makers of h0memade, edible goods to come and swap their tasty creations. For this one, they’re partnering with two great Bushwick businesses: Bushwick Food Cooperative and FINE & RAW. Chocolate and beer will be available for purchase. Not sure what to bring, or how much? Here’s more information on how the swap works. Feel free to bring samples and tasters of your swap items. Shopping for groceries to make your swap stuff? Bushwick Food Coop is generously offering swappers the members’ price! Mention BK Swappers and pay only 24% over wholesale (or become a Coop member and get that great deal all the time).

The swap is free of charge, but you must RSVP to participate. If tickets are sold out, add your name to the waitlist — spots always open up!

slurThe Brooklyn Slur — Have & Meyer

Tuesday, March 29 | 7 – 9 pm @ Have & Meyer – 103 Havemeyer St (btn Hope & Grand); Williamsburg, Brooklyn

It’s the Slow Food NYC monthly Happy Hour! It’s fun, social, and informal. But it’s also your opportunity to talk to the leadership of Slow Food NYC and let them know what you think. Got a great idea for an event? Looking for ways to get involved? Want to learn more about Slow Food? Just looking to have a relaxing drink with other “Slow” minded people? The Slur is your opportunity. Have & Meyer, a new wine/cocktail bar in Williamsburg from the husband-wife team behind popular Park Slope gelateria L’Albero dei Gelati, will offer a free glass of biodynamic wine and an authentic Italian aperitivo. The menu offers a well-curated selection of domestic charcuterie and cheeses, along with various crostini such as smoked salmon with arugula and small dishes like octopus carpaccio and shrimp with a homemade walnut pesto. Italian biodynamic wines from conscious winegrowers have been carefully selected to enhance the culinary experience. Or quench your thirst with one of the expertly crafted cocktails, many incorporating local spirits like Hudson Manhattan Rye and Van Brunt Stillhouse moonshine. Artisanal beers are available, too.

Free and open to the public.

valueoffoodThe Value of Food

Thru April 3 @ The Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, Manhattan

The Value of Food: Sustaining a Green Planet is an art exhibition hosted by the Cathedral, in keeping with its long history of engagement with issues of social justice, the environment, support for the arts, and community involvement. Guest curated by Kirby Gookin and Robin Kahn, the exhibition focuses on food security, accessibility, and sustainability by bringing together artists who not only grapple with these issues, but also actively engage the audience. Installed in the bays and chapels inside the Cathedral, as well as throughout the gardens, the exhibition is divided into seven thematic sections: Water, Soil, Seed, Farm, Market, Meal, and Waste—a reflection of the cycle of food production. Additionally, the Cathedral will host a number of presentations and workshops by speakers who make community outreach and participation a central part of their practice. These programs will include—but are not limited to—panels on urban farming, labor rights, the history of the dishes that many of us know and love, and the relationships between food and faith.

More information

csdsCSDS Sustainability Crash Course 2016

Saturday, April 2, 9 am – 5 pm @ Pratt Institute, 200 Willoughby Avenue, Engineering Building, 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. Pratt’s CSDS will present the sixth annual Sustainability Crash Course, a day-long series of workshops with a host of experts from Pratt’s sustainable design faculty and elsewhere. With over 20 speakers, it represents an excellent intro for those fresh to the sustainable fashion world.

Free, but registration required. Space is limited.

foodenterpriseFOOD+ENTERPRISE Summit

Friday, Apr 8 | 8 amSaturday, Apr 9 | 5:00 pm @ BF+DA

FOOD+ENTERPRISE catalyzes connections between entrepreneurs and investors to finance a better local food system and helps to form a unique B2B social impact community fostering relationships that regenerate place, planet, people, and profits. Valuing farmers and human-scale ventures as centrally important to forging a resilient local food economy is the main course. This year’s theme, “Finding Food Value: Balancing Purpose + Profit,” will guide programming ranging from structured networking, practical workshops, strategy sessions and signature events, such as Expert Exchange, Pitchfest, and Meet + Eat Marketplace. The BF+DA will be hosting their Jeffersonian Dinner in their Plaza as well as moderating a Hemp Work Group covering  food and fashion angles with hemp becoming legalized in the U.S.

RSVP here.

book-fairBF+DA Sustainability+Technology Book Fair

Sun, Apr 10 | 3 – 6 pm @ BF+DA

Meet 12+ authors who have published books focused on ethical design, sustainability, technology, design and fashion, get your book(s) signed, plus listen in on two 40-minute, in-depth conversations moderated by BF+DA Founder Deb Johnson. Participating authors include: Lynda Grose, Fashion and Sustainability: Design for Change; Carl Zimring, Clean and White: A History of Environmental Racism in the United States; Timo Rissanen, Zero Waste Fashion Design; Sass Brown, EcoFashion, Refashioned; Rebeccah Pailes-Friedman, Smart Textiles for Designers: Inventing the Future of Fabric; Deborah Schneiderman and Alexa Griffith Winton, Textile Technology and Design: From Interior Space to Outer Space; Elizabeth Cline, Overdressed: The Shockingly High Cost of Cheap Fashion; Ira Livingston, Poetics as a Theory of Everything; John Lobell, Visionary Creativity: How New Worlds Are Born; Luba Lukova, Social Justice 2008, 12 Posters by Luba Lukova; Meta Brunzema, Feminist Practices; Kate Black, Magnifeco.

RSVP here. 

fermented_herbal_sodasFermented Herbal Sodas

Monday, Apr 18 | 7:30 – 9:30pm @ Pioneer Works, 159 Pioneer Street, Red Hook, Brooklyn

While there are more choices on the market now for sparkly fermented beverages made with healthier ingredients, like kombucha and fruit sodas made with real fruit and cane sugar, they can be a bit on the pricey side. Fortunately, it is fairly easy to make these delicious beverages in your home kitchen. Join certified fermentationist, educator, and health coach Cheryl Paswater to learn how to make your own fizzy herbal sodas, talk about the science behind them, and why they are good for you!

Enroll for $30

frd-logoFashion Revolution Day: True Cost Film Screening & Clothing Swap

Thursday, Apr 28 @ 6 – 9 pm

The 2013 Rana Plaza building collapse was a structural failure that occurred on Wednesday, 24 April 2013 in the Savar Upazila of Dhaka, Bangladesh where an eight-story commercial building named Rana Plaza collapsed. With a death toll of 1,130 and approximately 2,500 injured it is considered the deadliest garment-factory accident in history, as well as the deadliest accidental structural failure in modern human history. Every April, Fashion Revolution Day brings everyone in the fashion value chain together to help to raise awareness about the ethical and environmental challenges of the fashion industry. This year, join the BF+DA on April 28th, for a film screening of Andrew Morgan’s The True Cost movie followed by a clothing swap. All leftover donations will be taken away and recycled by Brooklyn-based Wearable Collections.

RSVP here.

sheepSheep Shearing Fest 2016

Saturday, April 30 | 10 am to 3 pm

At the end of a long winter, help the Stone Barns Center (of the illustrious Blue Hill restaurant) celebrate the arrival of spring, the growth of tender new grass and the animals that thrive on their pastures. Enjoy family-friendly activities, crafts, live music, and seasonal fare from local vendors*. Watch the farmers shear the flock of sheep
, observe professional weavers and spinners
, try your hand at carding, combing and felting wool, join the farmers and educators for farm demonstrations and tours
, help them herd their sheep from the barnyard to the pasture when the shearing is done! Ticket prices go to supporting Stone Barns Center in their mission to support sustainable agriculture.

Individual tickets are sold out, but packages are still available!

uncorked10th Annual Brooklyn Uncorked

Thursday, May 26 | 6 – 9 pm @ 26 Bridge St, 26 Bridge Street, Brooklyn

Enjoy award-winning wines from New York State wineries and nibble on delicious food from some of the most popular restaurants in Brooklyn and Manhattan.  Featuring Beecher’s Handmade Cheese • Brooklyn Winery • Bruce Cost Ginger Ale • Ellary’s Greens •Green Mountain Energy • GuS Grown-up Soda • Hunter’s • KRAVE Jerky • Les Trois Petits Cochons • Lombardi’s Market • Nobletree Coffee • Norm’s at the Brooklyn Museum • Orwashers Bakery • Palo Santo • Paulaner NYC • Red Tail Ridge Winery • Untitled at the Whitney • Verde Wine Bar and Ristorante • Wainscott Main Wine and Spirits • Wölffer Estate Vineyard and more…

Tickets are $60 to $80

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