We have been invited by NYC Councilman Vincent Gentile to co-locate our booth in front of his office at 8703 3rd Avenue. We are honored by this invitation. The festival runs along Third Avenue from 69th Street to 95th Street. Festival hours are from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Our plan is to conduct a series of mini-workshops each half hour. These will be a preview of the more extensive workshops planned for this winter.
Subjects to be covered are; sub-irrigation planter (SIP aka “self-watering”) basics, recycled pop/soda bottle planters and propagators, SIPs from recycled materials, seed sowing in SIPs, growing herbs in SIPs, the modern way to water houseplants, indoor light gardening, Ficus pruning and cuttings propagation and basic hydroculture.
There will be many containers of fall salad greens to demonstrate how much easier it is to grow fresh food in the city using SIPs. Anyone can do it, no green thumb or tillable land required. All you need is some space in the sun.
Excerpts From the Merchants of Third Avenue (MTA) website:
Festival Manager Chip Cafiero says he is getting a “big hand from the M.T.A. officers and members who are really breaking into new territory by dedicating this festival to ‘going green’.
All the merchants and vendors I’ve talked with are excited about the green concept,” says Chip. “It’s really a creative moment for all of us!”
“Since this is our first ‘green’ festival we’re looking at a lot of options,” he added. “Right now it’d be nice to get solar-powered hot tubs and cell phones along with energy-generating bicycles”
“Especially important in any green gala is that selected vendors and sponsors come up with ways to distribute more fresh and locally grown produce.” says the newly minted environmentalist.