It's Leslie again, your new - and newly embarrassed - organizer. The Brooklyn Brainery class, it turns out is not free (like it was last time when I attended). There is a $20 per person charge. My other error is that it begins at 2 p.m., rather than at 1 p.m. (and ends at 4 p.m.). Finally, to attend you must sign up in advance, Please note that there is only room for 30 people for this class. If you still would like to attend, please go to http://brooklynbrainery.com/courses/starting-a-rooftop-orchard-in-the-city and sign up.
The part I got right is: Mike Biltonen, the fantastically knowledgeable head farmer at Red Jacket Farms, and I will still be teaching the class, and Mike promises free Red Jacket juice samples at the end of class.
I'll leave a corrected version of what I previously posted below:
Hello from your new organizer! I'm Leslie and I explore NYC rooftops. I've also been invited to co-teach a course with Mike Biltonen, the head farmer at the amazing Red Jacket Orchards in upstate New York. He'll be traveling down here to teach us about growing a fabulous rooftop orchard. This guy is amazing, friendly, interesting and trained at Cornell and knows EVERYTHING about growing excellent, healthy fruit. Last time he taught this course, he even brought lots of free Red Jacket juice bottles to give away!
I'll be doing an overview of a couple of my favorite rooftop gardening techniques and then Mike will tell you all you need to get started with your own productive roof orchard.
The date is Saturday Feb 24 from 2-4 p.m. at 515 Court Street. You must sign up in advance at:
See you there! Feel free to contact me with any questions through the site. And please check out my blog about NYC rooftops - lookingupwithleslie.com.
My new co-organizer, Laura Yip, and I are meeting this weekend to brainstorm about some rooftop events for this wonderful group. Please feel free to suggest ideas or recommend a rooftop, your own or someone else's. I'm happy to contact people and ask if we can meet on their roof.
You'll be hearing more from us soon