Daytime: Botany & Biospheres

$900 usd
Thu Sep 19, 9:30 AM - Thu Dec 12, 3:00 PM (EDT)
Kite's Nest, 108 S Front Street, Hudson, NY, United States  

A living classroom in action for urban gardeners and scientists.

What powers life? How do plants communicate to each other? What is the relationship between a mushroom, a pine tree, and a human? With the new Kite’s Nest greenhouse as our living classroom, we’ll develop our technical skills as ecological researchers and urban gardeners, and deepen our connection and relationship to our food system.

We’ll dive into the study of ecology, learning about how all living things on Earth are interconnected – from the deep roots of native trees and grasses, to the tidal habitats of the Hudson River flowing with glass eels and 14 foot sturgeons, to our own human families, communities and support networks. In the Biosphere of our greenhouse, we’ll learn about ecosystems and interdependence, from the basics of photosynthesis and nutrient cycling to the complexity of how plants and animals communicate. Outside the greenhouse we’ll discover the living soil food web of microorganisms and fungi networks that connect individual plants to one another. According to Goethe, science and art coexist, and the complex patterns of nature can only be understood fully through visual and sensory exploration; we will test this theory throughout our studies of the natural world with observational art making, plant rubbings and creative herbarium archiving, and full-sensory exploration of place and local ecosystems.

Our days will always include hands-on work with plants: we’ll grow our own vegetables and herbs, track the growth of our seeds, and be responsible for caring for a worm-composting system that provides nutrients and fertility to our garden produce. With our hands in the soil, we’ll build our knowledge about plant anatomy, soil science, botany, and biodiversity. We’ll learn about a range of agricultural systems, from Indigenous growing systems to the rise of industrial agriculture, and develop our own agricultural manifestos. We’ll become insect researchers, studying the symbiotic relationship between plants and insects, the magic of pollination, and tricks to recognizing undesirable pests that harm plant health and cause disease. We’ll also head out on field trips to expand and deepen our knowledge, connecting with inspiring food growers, ecologists and scientists, environmental activists and policy advocates in the region, and spending time at the new Everett Nack Education Center. And of course, we’ll harvest, prepare, and eat delicious food together!

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Kite's Nest, 108 S Front Street, Hudson, NY, United States
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