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Harvest Festival with OKO Farms

So As You Sow, You Shall Reap: Harvest Festival with Oko Farms

For October's Weeksville Weekend, we are excited to partner with our family at Oko Farms to bring you So As You Sow, You Shall Reap: Harvest Festival

At Weeksville Heritage Center, we celebrate sustainability and Black foodways. The early residents made a life from the agricultural landscape of Brooklyn and kitchen gardens were a major source of fresh vegetables for families throughout the 20th century. 

In our effort to preserve our farming past, from 2008-2011, Weeksville Heritage Center designed a Green Program that provided fresh fruit and vegetables to the Crown Heights & Bed-Stuy areas to address food scarcity and the lack of fresh produce being offered in our communities.With this program, WHC provided local youth with a meaningful volunteer opportunities working on the land where they learned about urban farming, food justice, and community health and nutrition. 

Weeksville continues to sow seeds by partnering with local urban farms, restaurants, herbalists, and others who see the necessity of building community that re-connects us to the land, sees food as medicine and demands that we have a right to food sovereignty

Program Outline

  • Farmers Market with Oko Farms  (10:00am - 2:00pm)

  • Music w/ SoDapper (12:00pm - 5:00pm)

  • Youth Arts & Crafts Workshops w/ Artist Kristie Cabrera (12:00pm - 3:00pm)

  • Wellness Activations (12:00pm - 4:00pm) with MINKA Brooklyn

    • Self-care 101 Utilizing Various Modalities w/Sunder Ashni (12PM-1PM & 3PM-4PM)

    • Energy Healing/Spiritual Coaching w/Lemar Moore  (12PM-4PM; 15-20min intervals)

    • Astrology/Spiritual Counseling w/Malorine Mathurin (12-4PM; 15-20min intervals)

  • Arts For Art (12:00pm - 2:00pm)

    • Hands-On Improvised Music Workshop for Youths w/ legendary bassist William Parker! (12:00PM-1:00PM)

      • Join legendary FreeJazz bassist William Parker and members of Arts for Art Visionary Youth Orchestra Afterschool Program for an amazing, hands-on improvisation workshop!  Youths of all ages and all stages are welcome! Sound/rhythm instruments will be available or bring your own instrument/music-maker. 

    • Visionary Youth Orchestra (VYO) Performance (1:00PM-2:00PM)

      • VYO is part of Arts for Art's outreach to ensure that innovative music that came out of the African diaspora that we call FreeJazz is made available to a more economically diverse population that reflects its origins.  The young musicians learn to improvise and play the music of FreeJazz masters.

  • DIY Aquaponics Build (1:00pm - 2:00pm)

  • Guided Tours (2:00pm & 3:00pm)

  • Nature Walk w/ Elizabeth Kennedy (After 2:00pm & 3:00pm Guided Tours)

  • Food Demonstrations (12:00pm - 1:00pm w/ Chef Mireille Massac & 1:00pm - 2:00pm w/ Chef Sheryl Rivas)

  • Roots Ancestral Medicine Workshop w/Tehuti Ma’at Community Garden (2:00pm-3:00pm)

  • West African Dance Workshop w/ BAM DanceAfrica (4:00pm - 5:00pm)

    Oko Farms
    Oko Farms is an Aquaponics Production and Education Company in Brooklyn, New York. We operate NYC’s only outdoor aquatic farm that cultivates a variety of freshwater fish and vegetables together in a sustainable recirculating ecosystem. By utilizing aquaponics we bring organically grown, local and affordable freshwater fish and vegetables to New York City residents.