Hudson Mohawk Reskilling Festival

Date(s) - Saturday 04/09/2011 - 04/10/2011
5:00 pm - 2:00 am

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A Photo Series from Dylan on Facebook
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A blog post from food workshop facilitator, Amy Halloran

A day of skillsharing and planning as we build a local network of shared values and knowledge around urban gardens, food networking, food preservation, passive and alternative energies, water catchment, and social justice.

We can manifest the critical and necessary transition from gluttonous industrial capitalism to bioregional sustainability and community. Against the backdrop of anti-war protests around the country, we gather to imagine and build an alternative to endless violence. Don’t miss this all-day festival of workshops, which culminates in a 6 PM community potluck and 7 PM talk by visionary author/activist/farmer Sharon Astyk. Sliding scale registration $10-30 ($5 low-income)

Sliding scale registration fee $10-30 ($5 low-income)


Morning Self-Guided Tour of Events Throughout Troy:

  • City Chickens @ 377 2nd Street, Troy, NY 12180-5307 (South Troy)
  • Urban Homestead @ 221 10th Street, Troy, NY 12180-2927 (Hillside)
  • 10AM – Noon  Capital District Community Gardens Produce Project High Tunnel Greenhouse: 8th & Hutton (Hillside)
  • 11AM Gardening for Beginners: a class from Capital District Community Gardens, taught by Garden Educator Colie Collen at the Troy Public Library @ 100 2nd Street, Troy, NY. (Downtown)
  • 11AM TroyShares Timebank Orientation at The Missing Link (across from the Sanctuary uptown)


Grab some lunch at the Troy Waterfront Farmers Market (Uncle Sam Mall downtown)


Afternoon Events at The Sanctuary:


12PM Registration and view information tables



1:00PM: Aerial – Fabrics – Fun with Leah Penniman

2:30PM: Toxic Soil Busters: Soil Remediation Youth Run Worker Cooperative in Worcester, MA

4:00PM: Ecological Urbanism with Todd Fabiozzi


1:00PM: Using the Power of Nature to Transform Urban Youth with Youth Organics! (YO!) and Yusuf Burgess

2:30PM: A Panel discussion on Working with the City: Albany Chickens, AVillage, Inc. and Albany Council Member Leah Golby

4:00PM: Toolbox for Sustainable Living with Scott Kellogg of Radix Center 


1:00PM: Biochar presentation with David Yarrow

2:30PM: Homemade Food Factory: Yogurt, Vegetables and Bread (& Food Sculptures for kids!)

4:00PM: Ruth Ann Smalley book reading (Sheila Says We’re Weird) plus Kids Workshop on art with recyclables.


Outdoor Area

1:00PM: Connecting to the world around us: Primitive Skills with Felix Lufkin

2:30-5PM: DIY Rocketstove construction; Composting and Vermicomposting; Soap Making with Emily Rossier; Cargo Bike Demos


6:00PM: Community Potluck


7:00PM: Guest Presenter Sharon Astyk on “What Will We Eat?: An Exploration of the Future of Our Food” with discussion to follow.


9:00PM Afterparty at Red Square in Albany with Taina Asili y la Banda Rebelde celebrating the premier of the NEW MUSIC VIDEO for the song “It’s In Our Hands” (produced by folks from The Sanctuary for Independent Media!).

Featured Workshop Presenters/Panelists

Sharon Astyk is a writer, teacher, blogger, and farmer who covers issues ranging from agriculture to energy policy, from food preservation and cooking to religious life and democracy. She is the author of three books: “Depletion and Abundance: Life on the New Home Front”, “Independence Days: A Guide to Sustainable Food Storage & Preservation”, and “A Nation of Farmers: Defeating the Food Crisis on American Soil”.  


Todd Fabozzi is a faculty member of Geography and Planning Department at UAlbany. He will discuss how auto-oriented growth and other regional dynamics have played out in New York’s Capital District. He will also articulate the components of ecological urbanism, showing how better urban design can help address the fiscal, social and environmental challenges of the 21st century.  


Toxic Soil Busters, is  a youth-run worker cooperative currently employing 10 youth between the ages of 14 and 19 in Main South and Piedmont. Toxic Soil Busters work year-round offering soil testing, lead-safe landscaping services, outreach services, video production, and training. 


Scott Kellogg is the co-author of the book “Toolbox for Sustainable City Living: A Do-it-Ourselves Guide” (South End Press) and the primary teacher of R.U.S.T. – The Radical Urban Sustainability Training, an intensive weekend workshop in urban ecological survival skills. Currently, Scott is developing a new organization in Albany, New York named the Radix Ecological Sustainability Center.   


Leah Golby, the 10th Ward Council Member in Albany and public transit advocate, will be joining Michael Guidice of Albany Chickens and Willie White of AVillage, Inc. to discuss “Working with the City,” engaging the city in helping to promote sustainability and strengthen communities.


Willie White is a member of AVillage…, Inc., is a grass roots group working to improve, enrich and empower the lives of children and families in our communities in Albany by working with other community organizations to bring more resources and events to the people of the South End. 


Yusuf Burgess is the Family Intervention Specialist at Green Tech High Charter School in Albany, NY and the former Environmental Educator for the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation. 


Rana Morris is the coordinator of Youth Organics!, a garden project engaging and partnering with youth through skills trainings in sustainable agriculture and community organizing which provides leadership opportunities, a challenging environment in which to grow and a space for personal development, especially the improvement of health and nutrition.


Felix Lufkin works in the Connecticut River valley teaching nature awareness and ancient living skills to high schoolers. He has spent a number of years learning about wild foods, our plant and animal neighbors, and is excited to share this empowering knowledge with others.  His workshop will explore some million year old skills and technologies that are still used around the world.




Co-Sponsors:  Capital District Permaculture Guild, Capital District Transition Network, Troy Bike Rescue, Radix Ecological Center, Ecolocal Living Magazing, Soulfire Farm.