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Friday, September 28, 2012

Sustainability Events

Over the next 6 weeks I will be taking part in 3 events which will highlight the bicycle powered water pump I have designed. More important is that the 3 events are interactive events that showcase work that is being done mostly by do it yourselfers, small businesses and activists that are trying to create a sustainable environment which of course will include community gardens and urban agriculture.

In order of occurrence the events are World Maker Faire, New Green City and Farm Hack NYC.

September 29 and 30 will be the third annual World Maker Faire at the Hall of Science in Queens, NY. It is sponsored by Make magazine which if you have not seen it is an interesting magazine for do it yourselfers and gadget makers of all kinds. There will be displays, presentations and lots of cool and interesting things to do and see.
My presentation of the bicycle powered water pump will be on Sunday September 30th at 4:30 pm.

On October 10th GrowNYC will be sponsoring the free 7th Annual New Green City Event from 10 am to 5 pm in Union Square Park in Manhattan. Many exhibitors, action oriented workshops given by the New School and others, a pop up community garden and of course the bicycle powered water pump and a bicycle powered blender will make this a fun and educational event.

Farm Hack is a farmer driven event to build tools for farm resiliency. The FarmHack NYC event is at multiple locations in Brooklyn and Queens on November 10th and 11th. The focus is Urban agriculture and once again I will be showing off my bicycle powered water pump and rainwater harvesting display. I am really interested in helping to design and develop other human powered machines that will help Urban farmers and community gardeners with tasks like watering and composting that could be done with bicycles or other low tech machines.

All of these events and the hard work and dedication that so many folks are putting into helping to make sure community gardens and urban agriculture practitioners have the tools they need to be sustainable just validates for me what I have been writing in this blog over the past 2 years. It gives me hope for the future that no matter what the support is from government or foundations that people are joining together in communities to make thing happen. Yes!