Today I spent an afternoon over at the Al Oerter Recreational Center in Flushing Meadow Park at the Going Green in Queens conference. My original plan was to just visit the expo and tables, pick up any literature that looked interesting, and chat with friends who were also planning to be there. Imagine my surprise to see a permaculture workshop being offered! I couldn’t help but check it out.
The hour and fifteen minute workshop was presented by Philip Botwinick and Sharon Kimmelman of Local Energy Solutions. It was through a chance conversation with Sharon back in December that first got me interested in permaculture, so it was nice to see them at work, teaching. It was a good basic review and got me even more excited about taking a 72 hour Permaculture Design Certificate (PDC) course. I would love to teach permaculture one day.
I think my favorite aspect of the workshop was that most of the answers to the questions Sharon and Philp asked were made by the young kids present. I loved seeing them so engaged with the process. I hope they continue to be inspired by the concepts within permaculture that they learned today.
Besides this pleasant surprise, it was great to see friends and meet new people. I expect I’ll be receiving a lovely hand designed Astoria Park Alliance shirt to wear when helping out in Astoria Park (July 5, here I come). Met the program director of Build It Green, and got him connected to one of the coordinators with APA. Hoping we’ll be involved with their block party in May.
Later tonight, I’ll be participating in Earth Hour. Candles (soy!) are ready!