Citizen Action Program News: March-April 2017

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Upcoming Events

Honoring the Future

Honoring the Future® will present a “Sustainability Award” at the 2017 Smithsonian Craft Show to an artist whose work “educates the public about climate change or inspires or models a sustainable response to climate change.” Twenty-one artists from 14 States are vying for the award, which comes with a $1,000 prize. Lloyd Herman, founding director of the Smithsonian American Art Museum’s Renwick Gallery, will serve as judge. 

“To build a better world for our children and grandchildren, we need to tackle climate change,” says Fran Dubrowski, Director of Honoring the Future, “and art holds the key. Art can transcend political divides and focus us on climate solutions. The artists applying for this award show us how.”

Widely regarded as the most prestigious juried show and sale of American fine craft, the Smithsonian Craft Show will be held April 27˗30, 2017 at the National Building Museum, in Washington, D.C.

Stuyvesant Pathways

Stuyvesant Pathways has had a busy season! Last fall they identified two foot bridges at the Asbornsen Nature Trail at Hummel Park that need to be repaired. The Advisory Committee purchased locust from a local lumber yard. Volunteers Cal Burch and Richard Moran and Christian Sweningsen sawed, cut and drilled the lumber to prepare it for assembly at the trail sites in Spring—weather permitting. They used Lee’s garage and driveway for the workshop! Stuyvesant Pathways hopes to do the build and repair on Earth Day April 22, 2017! They will also do other, more routine trail maintenance on Earth Day as well.


The next free indoors kayak lesson is on April 15. Learn to paddle so that by spring and summer you can join our fun voyages across the harbor and Neversink Reservoir! Click here to read about the Instruction for Inclusion program. 


April 15, 2017 from 10:30am-12:00pm. Seed Choices at Somers Library 82 Primrose Street Katonah, NY, 10536. This exploratory discussion offers a wonderful opportunity to explore the idea that we all—gardeners and eaters alike—play a role in stewarding one of our most valuable natural resources: seeds. Shanyn Siegel will lead this informative conversation about seeds and the seed industry, and how they both impact one of the things most essential to our everyday lives—our food. Shanyn will explain the different types of garden seeds available and share options for selecting the best seeds for organic gardens—and a resilient regional food system. Participants will leave with a better understanding of the significance of our seed choices and some unusual heirloom seeds to try. This event is free and open to the public. Register in advance by calling the Somers Library at 914-232-5717 or by using the Somers Library Event Registration page.

Sustainability Practice Network

April 3, 2017 from 6-8pm at Grove School of Engineering at City College l Steinman Lecture Hall - 160 Convent Avenue NY, NY (between 140 & 141 Sts). Discussion panel on “Permaculture and Urban Eco-System Design” Permaculture has the potential to transform the future, but first we have to bring it mainstream. How do we scale permaculture to redesign the massive agricultural, food, and consumer culture systems for long-term health and sustainability? What is the way forward given the sociopolitical challenges we currently face? How can a focus on local actions collectively alter a global system? Experts will be discussing these questions and more at the permaculture forum on April 3rd, 2017. Click here to RSVP.

Moderator: Hillary Brown, FAIA, Professor of Architecture at the City College of New York’s Spitzer School of Architecture, Program Director, City College's Sustainability in the Urban Environment

Panelists: Andrew Faust, Permaculture and Bioregional Educator, Designer at Center for Bioregional Living; Ashley Muse, Senior Sustainability Manager, YR&G; Philip Silva, Co-founder and Co-director, TreeKIT; Associate Editor, The Nature of Cities; Monica Ibacache, Founder and Executive Director, Beyond Organic Design

Essex Farm Institute

March 25th 9:30 - 1:00 @ Rybach's Metal Works. Welding 101 is back! Back by popular demand, Rybach's introductory workshop will cover a basic overview of different metals that are commonly used in the farming field, mainly identifying these metals and determining which welding process is appropriate for each.  It will focus on MIG welding mild steel.  Mild steel is the most common material in almost all farm equipment, and MIG welding is the most practical form of both mild steel fabrication and repair.  Most of the workshop will be hands on, learning how the set up a welder, understanding how a MIG welder works, and finally welding scrap pieces of steel to one another in different positions. Welding 201 will follow closely on April 8th. SPACE IS LIMITED to 7 participants, register now by emailing

PopUp Forest Times Square

DNAinfo featured PopUp Forest Times Square and their vision for the famous NYC location. Click here to read the article.

Growing Chefs

Martha Stewart Living featured Growing Chefs and its founder, Annie Novak. Click here to read the article.

Past Events

Christopher Park Alliance

March 9 from 6-8:30pm at Stonewall Inn. National Parks Conservation Association (NPCA) and Christopher Park Alliance hosted a celebration and discussion about the future of one of our newest national park sites - Stonewall National Monument! The event was an opportunity to meet other park supporters and learn how you can get involved.

Stonewall commemorates a watershed moment in the modern lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights movement. This special place helped shape our country and the ongoing struggle for LGBT equality. National park sites like Stonewall help protect and preserve these important places, urban and rural, natural and historic, that speak to and represent who we are as a nation.

If you missed the event and are interested in getting involved, please join NPCA and Christopher Park Alliance:;

Sustainability Practice Network

March 2 from 6-8pm at Robert Zicklin Center for Corporate Integrity - Room 750, 151 E. 25th Street (between Lexington and 3rd Avenue). Discussion panel on “The Circular Economy - A Holistic Vision for Achieving Prosperity” This panel presented inspiring business best practices and elaborated on opportunities and barriers encountered when making the transition to a circular economy.

Talk Trash City

Tuesday, February 28th, Talk Trash City hosted its second pitch competition. Congrats to @zerowastedaniel for winning the $2500 cash prize at #TalkTrashCity! Thank you to sponsors, presenters, attendees, and friends for valuing #wasteasresource

Compost for Brooklyn

Feb 22, Wednesday, noon-3:00 pm. While composting slows down in the winter, volunteers still uphold their civic duties and get out to clear the snow. C4B event, "Fun with Birds and Feeders," participants fed the birds, checked out the squirrel-proof feeder and enjoyed the winter garden!

Essex Farm Institute

February 21st at 7:30 Lyceum Series: Farming and Living with Carnivores. Farms are not isolated parcels but are part of an entire community. Carnivores play an important role in the Earth’s ecosystems; systems that agriculture thrives in. This lyceum was a panel discussion with Geri Vistein, a Carnivore Conservation Biologist who took us into the lives of the carnivores causing the most damage on farms in the North Country, describing their sociology, hunting habits and life cycles. Abby Sadaukas, whose family owns the Applecreek Farm in Bowdoinham, Maine, and is a member of the Farming with Carnivores Alliance, shared her farm’s understanding of the carnivores around them, and what they do to live together with them. Shaun and Linda Gilliland are local livestock farmers who use a combination of tools to protect against predators. They discussed their experiences farming with carnivores over the years.


February 19, Shumei Natural Agriculture Conference: Ken Greene traveled to California to keynote the 2017 Shumei Natural Agriculture Conference. He presented on The Art of Seed Stewardship: Why Caring for Seeds is More Important than Ever.


February 18 at 9 PM, Introductory Kayak Lesson in the Long Island City YMCA pool. A cold Saturday night in January was the perfect time to gain skills that will open our harbor and waterways to you this spring and summer! This session of their FREE program is meant especially for adults and mature teens.

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