Life Skills Lab: Urban Microgardens & Seed Starting for Apartment Dwellers

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Taught by Laena McCarthy

Laena is Founder and CEO of Anarchy in a Jar, a jam and mustard company based in Brooklyn. She's an entrepreneur, instructional designer, birth and business coach–empowering people through work, life, childbirth, and transformation. In her private practice, she coaches people who crave financial freedom and an integrated work/life/cycle.

Laena launched her startup, Anarchy in a Jar, in 2009. It has been featured in the New York Times, the Wall Street Journal, the Martha Stewart Show, New York Magazine, Food & Wine, and more. Laena's cookbook, Jam On: The Craft of Canning Fruit, was published with Penguin Random House in 2012. Her newest venture is Integrated Hustle, a firm that coaches and educates lean entrepreneurs.

Laena graduated magna cum laude from Mount Holyoke College, received an MS in Information Science from Pratt Institute, has trained as a birth coach and food scientist, and was awarded the United States Antarctica Service Medal by the Department of Defense for her work with the National Science Foundation.

When she’s not making it rain with mustard and startup nitty-gritty, you can find her dreaming about her next adventure and chasing her children around Brooklyn.

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Did you know you can grow delicious, healthy, and gorgeous herbs and veggies on your windowsill, fire-escape, or roof? Whether you have a black thumb or lack the space or skills to start a traditional vegetable garden, this class will blow your mind with a simple solution: a microgarden! One of the most empowering and uplifting life skills I’ve learned is how to grow my own food. I can’t wait to share the joy of planting and caring for your seeds, and watching them grow into delicious plants with you!

Laena will cover all the techniques necessary to create and maintain your beautiful mini garden, such as plant selection and planting tips; design considerations; watering and fertilizing.

In class, you'll get your very own seed starting kit with pots, organic soil, and seeds for herbs and microgreens, so we can craft our very own personal microgardens together!

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