Granted, on a day like today, the thought of doing anything other than sticking your head in the freezer is difficult to imagine. But the heat wave–like the summer, we’re afraid–will be gone soon, so you’ll want to get out there and check out some of the cool stuff hiding around your neighborhoods before it’s all over.
Brooklyn continues to be the epicenter of the urban-agricultural movement, and who better to take you on a tour than some of the farmers/beekeepers behind all the green thumbing? This Saturday, July 10th from 10am – 2pm, Brooklyn chicken keepers Eric Thomann and Owen Taylor of Just Food will lead you on a bike tour of some of the local chicken roosts in our BKLYN ‘hood. Along the way, you’ll learn from Brooklyn chicken keepers about raising chickens, building coops, and integrating chickens into community gardens, backyard gardens and even rooftop farms.
The bike tour will be a manageable 8.5 miles long, beginning in Prospect Lefferts Gardens (Flatbush) and ending in Greenpoint at the Eagle Street Rooftop Farm. This event is free, and you can find information about the exact starting point (coming soon) on the event page here.
Chickens not your thing? More of a sweet tooth? Meg Paska of Brooklyn Honey and Brooklyn Homesteader has you covered. She’ll be leading a bike tour on Sunday, July 25th from 10am – 2:30pm of several of the local beekeeping spots in Brooklyn. The tour costs $50, which includes lunch, drinks, and tea, and you’ll even be harvesting and packaging your own honeycombs along the way! You’ll get your pedals turning at Eco Brooklyn in Carroll Gardens and finish up (where else?) at the Eagle Street Rooftop Farm to enjoy the skyline. The tour is limited to just 10 people, so if this sounds like your perfect Sunday, sign up soon!
More info is available on the event page here. Feel free to start the buzz…
What: Brooklyn Chicken Bike Tour
Where: starting in Lefferts Gardens, Brooklyn ending in Greenpoint
When: Saturday, July 10th, 10am – 2pm (ish)
What: Brooklyn Honey Harvest Bike Tour
Where: starting in Carroll Gardens and ending in Greenpoint
When: Sunday, July 25th, 10am – 2:30pm (limit 10 people!)