Brooklyn Non Dirt Talk

Brooklyn Non Dirt Talk: Growing without dirt
Urban greenscaping with particular emphasis on helping city dwellers to grow some of their own fresh food using modern user-friendly methods with innovator Bob Hyland and hydroponics for sustainable agriculture with Gwen Hill.

Tuesday May 15th, 2012

7:30 - 9:30 pm
Downstairs @ Sycamore Bar and Flowershop, 21+
1118 Cortelyou RD, BK (Q train to Cortelyou)
Hosted by Meera Bhat

Bob Hyland is an urban greenscaping professional with almost 40 years of experience since his days running a leading interior plantscaping company in Los Angeles. He was a national industry organization speaker, writer and educator during those years.

This is what Interiorscape, the leading industry trade magazine, had to say in the Nov-Dec 1983 issue.
“Bob is truly an advanced thinker in our industry. We can think of no other individual who is more familiar and tuned in to advanced technology for interiorscapes.” “Surely, when the history is written of our still evolving industry, Bob will be recognized as the interiorscaper that modernized the industry with irrigation technology, and for that we will owe him a debt.”

Hyland has been blogging for the past eight years. Inside Urban Green, his internationally known blog, focuses on urban greenscaping with particular emphasis on helping city dwellers to grow some of their own fresh food using modern user-friendly methods. These highly productive systems are particularly suitable for nomadic urban lifestyles and do not require tillable land.

Gwen Hill is an urban farmer, garden educator and local food lover based in Brooklyn, NY.  She is a team member at Prospect Farm, and leads a gardening program at the Harbor School, a public high school on Governors Island.  She worked as the director of education and greenhouse manager at the Science Barge, a sustainable hydroponic urban farm and environmental education center in Yonkers for two years.  She holds a bachelor's degree in Environmental Studies and is completing her MA in Geography at Hunter College, for which she is studying the diversity of NYC's urban agriculture movement.

Meera Bhat
is part of the team at Prospect Farm (, a neighborhood growing initiative in Windsor Terrace that is working together to grow food in a formerly vacant lot.  She lives in Prospect Park South and works as a project manager at the Center for Infection and Immunity at Columbia University.  She also leads a girl scout troop, if you're looking for cookies.

Cantaloupe Alone is the creator of this event and a food blog for people with garlic breath run by Kensington, Brooklyn based Naomi Donabedian


  1. no dirt or water, vertical agriculture


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