Thursday, October 7, 2010

Green Courses at City Tech

This fall semester, through its Division of Continuing Education, New York City College of Technology (City Tech) is offering several courses geared toward sustainability:

Intro to Urban Farming: Wednesday, Oct. 20 from 6 to 9 p.m., $40
Wind Power Workshop: Thursdays, Oct. 14 through Dec. 16 from 6 to 9 p.m., $375
Urban Energy Seminar: Saturday, Nov. 13 from 1 to 5 p.m., $40
Energy – Savers Toolkit: Thursdays, Oct. 21 through Dec. 9 from 6 to 9 p.m., $50 per session

For more information on courses, visit To register, call (718) 552-1170.

Fabulous Fresh Finds, Week 6: Poor Planning

We had this past Saturday all planned out: we were going to walk over to the Botanic Garden for the Chile Pepper Fiesta then hit up the Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket. A good plan, in theory, but a slow morning led to a late start to the Fiesta. Of course, even though I tack it on the end of every Fresh Finds post, I couldn't remember the hours of the greenmarket. Did it end at 4, or 6? (It ends at 4.)

So, at around 5:30, we wandered over to an almost empty Grand Army Plaza, where only Phillips Farms (Hunterdon County, NJ) and Lynnhaven Farm (Ulster County, NY) were operating stands.

We bought broccoli rabe (more this time!) and green beans from Phillips Farms. Lynnhaven Farm had a selection of cheeses. Since they specializes in goat's milk cheese, we bought an assortment: plain, herbed, and rosemary garlic. All three flavors are delicious! We've been putting the cheeses on everything and have almost finished our container.

The Grand Army Plaza Greenmarket is held on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. year-round. The city's Greenmarkets are a program of GrowNYC, a non-profit geared toward improving the quality of life in the five boroughs through environmental programs. This particular Greenmarket, founded in 1989, is GrowNYC's flagship Brooklyn market and is its second largest market behind Union Square.