About

Explore Socrates’ unique environment with a series of experimental workshops that combine art making with natural materials, gardening, experiments in sustainability, and celebrate the senses. 

Workshops will weave together planting, drawing, sound recording, plant and tree identification, learning about medicinal properties of inidiginous plants, pickling, bookmaking, and experiments in bioplastics. These workshops will also explore mindfulness techniques, seeking to grow our shared awareness of the natural cycles of the park, and our senses.

The series will result in a book: Field Guide, A Community-made Book of Knowledge, that will be both a collaborative artwork and a guide to the ecology of the park.

2021 Archives

Planting Healing, Pickling, & Pigment Gardens #1–>

           

Saturday, May 1  •  All Ages Welcome  •  Free!

With Educators Anna Poaster of Hellgate Farm & Kim Calichio of The Connected Chef

Planting Healing, Pickling, & Pigment Gardens #2–>

 

            

Saturday, May 8 •  All Ages Welcome  •  Free!

With Educators Anna Poaster of Hellgate Farm & Kim Calichio of The Connected Chef

Seeing Spring–>

 

         

Saturday, May 22  • All Ages Welcome  •  Free!

With Socrates Director of Education Douglas Paulson & Educator Christina Delfico of iDig2Learn

Our Ears Will Guide Us–>

 

           

Saturday, June 5  •  All Ages Welcome  •  Free!

With Socrates Director of Eduction Douglas Paulson & Educator Jeannette Rodriguez-Pineda

Deep Listening & Sonic Meditation–>

 

           

Saturday, June 12  •  All Ages Welcome  •  Free!

With Socrates Director of Education Douglas Paulson and Educator Jeannette Rodriguez-Pineda

Propagation – Take The Park Home With You!–>

 

           

Saturday, June 26  • All Ages Welcome  •  Free!

With Educators Anna Poaster of Hellgate Farm & Kim Calichio of The Connected Chef

Healing #1–>

 

          

Saturday, July 10  •  All Ages Welcome  •  Free!

With Educators Jeannette Rodriguez-Pineda & Kim Calichio of The Connected Chef

The Shape of Wind–>

 

         

Saturday, July 17  •  All Ages Welcome  •  Free!

With Socrates Director of Eduction Douglas Paulson & Educator Jeannette Rodriguez-Pineda

Healing #2–>

 

       

Saturday, July 24  •  All Ages Welcome  •  Free!

With Educator Jeannette Rodriguez-Pineda

Seeing Summer–>

 

         

Saturday August 7   •  All Ages Welcome  •  Free!

With Socrates Director of Eduction Douglas Paulson & Educator Christina Delfico of iDig2Learn

Making Inks from Plants–>

 

         

Saturday, August 14  •  All Ages Welcome  •  Free!

With Socrates Director of Eduction Douglas Paulson & Educator Jeannette Rodriguez-Pineda

Making Bioplastics & Bio-Fashion Show–>

 

       

Saturday, August 21  •  All Ages Welcome  •  Free!

With Socrates Director of Eduction Douglas Paulson & Educator Jeannette Rodriguez-Pineda

Seeds–>Seeds & Paper Making Workshop

Saturday, September 11  •  All Ages Welcome  •  Free!

With Educator Jeannette Rodriguez-Pineda & Kim Calichio of The Connected Chef

Seeing Fall–>

Saturday, September 18  •  All Ages Welcome  •  Free!

With Socrates Director of Eduction Douglas Paulson & Educator Christina Delfico of iDig2Learn

Prepare for Winter–>

Saturday September 25  •  All Ages Welcome  •  Free!

With Kim Calichio of The Connected Chef

Field Guide Educators

Kim Calichio

Kim Calichio is the Co-Founder and Director of The Connected Chef. The Connected Chef is a grass-roots, community organization re-envisioning food access to ensure that every household has local, nutritious food. Through their sliding scale Lifeline Grocery program, they source fresh ingredients from farms in NY/NJ/PA and deliver weekly groceries to over 700 households across Queens.

Christina Delfico

Christina Delfico is the founder of iDig2Learn, which allows children and their families to explore science and the origin of food through plant life. Plants serve as the gateway to lifelong discovery of all the living things in our water, sky, and land. When one stops and truly sees the marvels of all things, big and small, one can better protect them recognizing how vital they are to our life on earth.

Christina’s early career was dedicated to creating and producing children’s media with Sesame Workshop which helped her recognize the joy of learning at every age. iDig2Learn is a project of Open Space Institute, Inc. a nonprofit 501(c)3 public charity.

Douglas Paulson 

Socrates’ Director of Education Douglas  Paulson is a Queens-based artist who loves the sounds of spring. Doug’s practice is expansive, weaving together sprawling social projects in public space; to intimate drawings, books, and sound experiments. www.douglaspaulson.com

Anna Poaster

Anna Poaster is one of the farmers at Hellgate Farm. Hellgate is a network of residential gardens in Queens, NYC a site in Canaan, NY. The organization promotes urban gardening, responsible land stewardship, and a permaculture lifestyle within their community. The Farm aims to provide opportunities for people interested in these practices to connect and learn, as well as to share in the abundance of the harvest.

As a Queens resident, Anna manages Hellgate’s nursery and compost operations and is excited about all things agricultural.

Jeannette Rodriguez-Pineda

Jeannette Rodríguez Píneda is a Dominican-American mixed media artist and educator using antiquarian emulsion-based processes as a means of remembering soils called home. They have an intergenerational teaching practice rooted in love ethic as liberation that spans across the five boroughs of New York City.