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$20 Class at Brooklyn Brainery on Roof Gardening and Growing a Roof Orchard!

Hi Everyone,

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 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 - 

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



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  • Mike B.

    I'd be interested to hear from Laurence what topics may have made it more interesting/rewarding for him. It was a very fun class to teach, but one that was difficult to prepare for since I didn't have a real clear idea of the audience beforehand. Too general (boring), too detailed (glazed eyes). So, of the topics that I covered what could have been eliminated, expanded upon, reduced in detail, etc. It was a fun time. Thanks for everyone that came out.

    March 1, 2012

  • leslie

    I was one of the speakers so my perspective is different than those in the class, but I had a great time learning more about Mike's proposal to build the first commercial rooftop orchard. I also enjoyed seeing some of the Meetup people before and after class and they gave me some good ideas for future meetups - like a seedling exchange. I never would have thought of that! Thanks so much.

    February 27, 2012

  • Laurence

    Disappointing. The description I read suggested the class would be more technical. Although the project was interesting, I did not want to hear about someone else's project, and definitely did not want to pay for this.
    It was nice though that the meet-up group seems to be moving towards classes, training, resources, etc. The fact sheet is good step in that direction.

    February 26, 2012

  • MC

    ... I'm all set now on tickets - thanks!

    February 23, 2012

  • MC

    Does anyone have a Rooftop Orchard class ticket they won't be able to use after all? I'm registered, but am waitlisted for one more ticket now. Thanks!

    February 23, 2012

  • Gordon

    what regs you encounter depends on what you wish to have.. if you have a deck you should likely have a deck permit..
    you really need approval of the person with controling interest in your roof.. everything is up to them first..

    February 9, 2012

  • Gordon

    Wonderful.. course...
    and great to have you headding up the group... thank you..

    February 8, 2012

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