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Urban Permaculture and Native Plant Foraging for Environmental Educators

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Stuyvesant Cove Park

24-20 FDR Service Road East

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Urban Permaculture and Native Plant Foraging for Environmental Educators

Date: Sunday June 2, 2019

Time: 12-3pm. Attendees are welcome to stay longer to network and enjoy the park.

Location: Stuyvesant Cove Park, 24-20 FDR Service Road East


Solar One’s Stuy Cove Park is located between 18th and 23rd Streets on the East River in Manhattan. We have free parking, and are near the L train at First Avenue, and the M23-SBS bus stop on Avenue C at 23rd Street.

Ages 0 and up welcome!

Stuy Cove Park is an all-native plant food forest, and the only NYC park that encourages foraging of wild foods. Organically managed as a productive engineered wilderness, our 2 acre waterfront permaculture gardens serve as a living symbol of the potential for urban ecological restoration and renewal. Through delicious wild foods, we teach about the complex interdependencies of native plants, wildlife, and people. We also have a permaculture plant nursery, hold wild foods events, and sell small quantities of wild edibles to restaurants.

In the coming years, our park will be razed and re-built to provide flood protection as part of the East Side Coastal Resiliency project. In preparation, we are working to incubate the biological diversity cultivated over the past 15 years at Stuyvesant Cove by propagating and banking our wealth of locally adapted plants in pallet-size portable containers. These Modular Edible Ecosystems will be moved off-site temporarily during construction, and then brought back in to populate the new park.

We will go for a walk, and discuss the 15 year old park as it is today: a young wilderness protected by the City of New York as a “recognized ecological complex,” and designated as a wildlife habitat by the National Wildlife Federation. How did the park morph from landscaped public gardens to a strip of wilderness on the waterfront of Manhattan? Is this interesting? Is it replicable? Participants will discuss what they see in the park in the context of ecological succession in an urban island landscape.

We expect to find zizia aurea (which tastes like celery), meadow garlic, yarrow (a salad green with leaves shaped like frisee), mountain mint, goldenrod, and blackberry leaves.

After a tour of the gardens, we will gather to sample the park grown wild edibles and enjoy wild drinks in our children’s play garden.

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