Hudson Mohawk Reskilling Festival

by Sandra Foyt on April 8, 2011

in Uncategorized

Reskilling? I didn’t get it the first time I heard about it. When I read about this on the homeschool lists, I thought it was a crafts festival. And in a way, it is.

The Hudson Mohawk Reskilling Festival is about learning ancient crafts for modern living through a focus on sustainability. Here is the program they have planned for tomorrow:

Hudson Mohawk Reskilling Festival – April 9th – All Day

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. Together we can manifest the critical and necessary transition from resource-rich industrial capitalism to bioregional sustainability and community. Workshops with many local and regional teachers including Andrew Faust of the Center for Bioregional Living.

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 Capital District Community Gardens gardeners orientation 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: Toolbox for Sustainable Living with Scott Kellogg of Radix Center
  • 4:00PM: A Panel discussion on Working with the City: Albany Chickens, AVillage, Inc. and Albany Council Member Leah Golby
  • 1:00PM: Biochar presentation with David Yarrow
  • 2:30PM: Homemade Food Factory: Yogurt, Vegetables and Bread (& Food Sculptures for kids!)
  • 4:00PM: Kids Workshop on art with recyclables.


  • 1:00PM: Connecting to the world around us: Primitive Skills with Felix Lufkin
  • 2:30-5PM: Building a Rocket Stove in the Ground; Making Biochar and Harvesting Energy; 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

| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email:, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

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