Freegan Events in New York

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September 2015 FREEGAN CALENDAR

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If you arrive at an event and cannot find us, call Janet at (347) 724-6954.

Tuesday, September 1st • Freegan Meeting, Discussion and Trash Tour
After brief report-backs on ongoing projects, we will have an open, facilitated discussion on a topic of freegan interest. This month, we’ll be talking about the textile and clothing industry, with a specific look at the secondhand clothing industry. Bring your ideas and opinions and let’s talk! We welcome both those with experience taking part in non-hierarchical consensus-based groups and those participating for the first time. At 9pm, we will end our business meeting and have a brief, newcomer-friendly discussion about freeganism. After, we will explore the area’s wasted food and other goods. We give advice on how to salvage these goods and comment on the reasons for such waste. The meeting is NOT open to media, but media WILL be welcome to the tour with appointment.
When & Where?    Meet at 7:30pm in the upstairs seating area of the Whole Foods on Houston at Chrystie in Manhattan. For just the freeganism 101 and trash tour, meet us at 9pm in the same location. If you get there and cannot find us, call Janet at (347) 724-6954 (no texts please).

Thursday, September 3rd • Freegan Film Night featuring The True Cost
Join us for Freegan Film Night featuring The True Cost. Freegan snacks will be available. We’ll watch the movie, enjoy some food, and share our thoughts.

 

“This is a story about clothing. It’s about the clothes we wear, the people who make them, and the impact the industry is having on our world. The price of clothing has been decreasing for decades, while the human and environmental costs have grown dramatically. The True Cost is a groundbreaking documentary film that pulls back the curtain on the untold story and asks us to consider, who really pays the price for our clothing?”
When & Where?  Doors open at 7, film starts at 7:30. We’ll be in the Assembly Hall at Judson Memorial Church (239 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012).

Tuesday, September 15th •  Freegan Meeting, Freeganism 101 & Trash Tour
Help make freeganism happen in NYC! At our organizational meetings we discuss and decide on future activities and group direction. Participants are encouraged to step up and introduce new freegan projects with the support of the group or take roles such as facilitating meetings or bottom-lining events.  We welcome both those with experience taking part in non-hierarchical consensus-based groups and those participating for the first time!  At 9pm, we will end our business meeting and have a brief, newcomer-friendly discussion about freeganism.  After, we will explore the area’s wasted food and other goods. We give advice on how to salvage these goods and comment on the reasons for such waste. The meeting is NOT open to media, but media WILL be welcome to the tour with appointment.
When & Where?  Meet at 7:30pm at The High Line, 16th Street and 10th Avenue, NYC. Find us above street level, upstairs on the actual High Line under the covered area at about 15th Street. For just the Freeganism 101 and Trash Tour meet us at 9pm at the same location. If you have trouble finding us call Janet at 347-724-6954.

Wednesday, September 16th • Freegan Feast!
A FREE and mostly vegan community meals we make together with love, mostly using food we rescued from the trash. We share meal planning, cooking, and other food prep skills, tell stories and jokes, meet new people and reconnect with old friends, and generally unplug from the current world order as we build community. If you are not a skilled cook, it is OK! If you are, that’s great! You can plan a dish or two from the ingredients we have on hand, and get help if you want it. All participants should plan to help in some way, even if other commitments prevent you arriving on time. Media WILL be welcome with appointment, but journalists will be required to respect the wishes of those who do not want to be photographed.
When & Where?  It will be held at a volunteer’s home accessible by NYC Transit. RSVP (at least a day ahead) to Janet at (347) 724-6954 for the location. We’ll meet at 5:30pm to begin cooking and preparation.

Ongoing Sustainable and Mutual Aid Events

Fixers Collective • Thursday, September 17th
Third Thursday of every month. A social experiment in improvisational fixing and mending. Bring your broken thing and place it on the fixing table for collective consideration. The assembled group will share ideas and techniques for repairing, mending, enhancing or repurposing the objects before us. A $5 donation is suggested, but no one turned away. Check www.facebook.com/fixerscollective to confirm the time and date, and for more details.
When & Where?  7-10pm at Proteus Gowanus, 543 Union St. at Nevins, Brooklyn, R, F, G to Union or Carroll

Weekly Bike Repair Workshops by Times Up

More info at www.times-up.org
MANHATTAN WORKSHOPS at ABC No Rio, at 156 Rivington St. in the Lower East Side.
Monday:  Bike Repair Classes: 6:30pm
Thursday:  Fix Your Bike Workshop: 6:30pm
BROOKLYN WORKSHOPS are at the Brooklyn space at 99 South 6th St, off Bedford Ave.
Tuesday: Bike Repair Classes: 6:30pm
Wednesday:  Fix Your Bike Workshop:  6:30pm
Sunday:  Fix Your Bike Workshop: 6pm. Share skills and fix up your own bike.

Food Not Bombs 
Food Not Bombs in Manhattan offers a vegetarian meal share (using donated food that would otherwise be wasted) Sundays at 3:30pm in Tompkins Square Park. Help cook at Catholic Worker, 36 E. 1st St. btwn. 1st & 2nd Aves. at 1pm. Info: fnb@abcnorio.org or (212) 254-3697 ext. 27
Long Island Food Not Bombs currently shares free groceries and hot meals every Saturday at 3pm just outside Von King/Tompkins (NW corner of Lafayete Ave. & Marcy Ave.) as part of its Bed-Stuy Food Share. For more info check out www.lifnb.com or email LongIslandFoodNotBombs@gmail.com


Wild Food Tours
“Wildman” Steve Brill holds frequent tours where you can learn to find and harvest wild growing plants for food and medicine. Suggested donation is $20 ($10 for children under 12), sliding scale. No one is ever turned away for lack of funds. Upcoming tours in the NYC area are: 9/6 in Forest Park, Kew Gardens, Queens; 9/7 in Central Park, Manhattan; 9/12 in Prospect Park, Brooklyn; 9/13 in Central Park, Manhattan; plus tours in Westchester, Long Island, and CT. Register and find out more at www.wildmanstevebrill.com.

Grub Community Building Meal
Grub is looking for a new home! 1st & 3rd Sunday every month. This mostly freegan dinner been hosting meals in spaces around Brooklyn! Check their FB wall to see where is happening or if you can offer space to host!

Community Swaps by GrowNYC
Bring clean, reusable, portable items such as clothing, house wares, games, books, & toys that you no longer need, and take home something new-to-you, free! You don’t have to bring something to take something. No furniture or large items, please. Upcoming in September they have a swap 9/13, 11am-2pm at S.T.A.R. Senior Center, 650 1. 187th St. (btwn. Broadway & Wadsworth Ave.) in Manhattan; and 9/19, 12-3pm at Sea View Hospital Community Service Building at 460 Brielle Ave. in Staten Island. Additionally, on 9/12 there is a Books Only Swap from 10am-2pm in two locations: Staten Island Mall Greenmarket, 2655 Richmond Ave, and St. George Greenmarket, St. Mark’s Place and Hyatt St, both in Staten Island. For more information and calendar of events see: grownyc.org/swap.

Composting
Lower East Side Ecology Center accepts organic material for composting (fruit & vegetable peelings, cut flowers, etc.). at Union Square Greenmarket (Mon, Wed, Fri, & Sat. 8am-5pm) or drop off at the center on E. 7th St. btwn. Aves. B & C on Sundays, 8am – 5pm. They are also offering compost dropoff for commuters: 1st Ave. & Houston St, M-F, 8am-11am; Clinton & Grand, Mon. & Fri, 8-11am; East Broadway & Rutgers, Wed. 8-11am; and West 23rd St. and 8th Avenue, Tues. & Thurs, 8am-11am. For more info see www.lesecologycenter.org
The W. 181st St. Beautification Project: compost drop-off at garden, 880 W. 181 St; Washington Heights
The W. 124th St. Community Garden has compost drop-off at the garden on W. 124th St. between 5th and Lenox in Harlem. More info and hours: communitygardenwest124st@yahoogroups.com
Compost for Brooklyn will accept residential food scraps on alternating Thursdays, Saturdays and Sundays – check for the exact dates and times at www.compostforbrooklyn.org. They are at the intersections of Newkirk Avenue and East 8th Street in Brooklyn.
GrowNYC has greatly expanded compostables collection. See the expanded dropoff site list here.

Computer and Electronics Recycling
The Lower East Side Ecology Center is hosting a heap of fall e-waste recycling events in September and October – see the full schedule here. Also, their permanent e-waste collection center is at 469 President Street (at Nevins Street) nearest the Union St. D,N,R station and is open Tues 10-5, Wed 12-7, Thurs 10-5, Fri 10-5 and Sat 10-4. For more info, go here.
Goodwill Stores collect electronics for recycling through their Reconnect program.

Textile Recycling 
We are disappointed to hear that the farm market collection of textiles is no longer accepting scraps, rags, or other “unusable textiles”; but for used clothing, shoes, linens, and such, there are textile collections at 31 Greenmarkets in four boroughs. See the list here, or call 311 for more info. To see (and perhaps comment on) Wearable Collections’ statement on the change in policy over what is collected go to their site.