Inhabit a Permaculture Perspective (movie)

Share Ever wonder how or if we can fix this planet from ourselves?  This movie is about what I’ve been studying for the past 4 years and I believe it is a way to solve many of our problems.  Please take a few minutes to watch this trailer. Yekra Player Yekra is a revolutionary new distribution network for feature films. Inhabit Humanity is more than ever threatened by its own actions; we hear a lot about the need to minimize footprints and to reduce our impact. But what if our footprints were beneficial? What if we could meet human needs while increasing the health and well-being of our planet? This is the premise behind permaculture: a design process based on […]

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Share Hello all We at Riviv want to promote good healthy fresh farm food so we joined up with Farmigo to bring it to Jersey City. Our food system is in dire straits and we need to be the change that changes it. My best suggestions are listed as followed… 1. Grow your own food! 2. Buy directly from a friend or a local farmer. 3. Buy from a CSA, a farmers market. 4. 5. Supermarket I have become a Farmigo drop off location for my neighborhood and think this will help in making an impact in our food system. Please do your part and fixing our food. The food you put into your body is the key to […]

Introduction To Permaculture & Community Project Design

Share Permaculture is a design tool and framework for creating ecologically sound spaces and communities. Through low-tech applications that go beyond gardening and food harvesting, permaculture uses a whole-systems approach to show the connections between people and the earth. Inherent in permaculture are a collection of sustainability practices and techniques that can easily be applied to everyday life. SJC’s new partnership with Beyond Organic Design (BOD) brings lead educators Monica Ibacache and Rachel Blalock to Jersey City to spearhead our Permaculture For Kids! initiative and future community education workshops on Permaculture. Learn more about this whole systems design framework which is applicable to ALL COMMUNITY PROJECTS. Open Meeting – all are welcome including Parents & Teachers.



Teach the Kids to Grow

Share About a week ago, Riviv JC was asked to bring a little gardening to the students of school #20. I decided the best way to get kids interested in eating health and growing their own food is to just let them do it. I packed up some seeds and soil and headed to the Greenville section of JC to meet up with Miss Gordon and her students. With dirt in hand, people had no idea what this crazy bearded guy was doing signing in with security but I made it up to the classroom to find a room full of bright eyed first second and third graders. Most of them had never been exposed to real “dirt” before. Some […]

Riviv JC Sustainability Meetup

Share Looking to help people live a more sustainable, enjoyable life with the ethics of permaculture.  We can no longer abuse this planet, rob its resources, and be inhumane to other humans.  I want to help make a difference by designing our gardens, homes and even our lives in a way that resembles the ways of nature. We will discuss topics like; Urban Gardening Urban Chickens Urban Bees Urban Composting Urban Aquaponics and tons of DIYs Please come by with your thoughts, suggestions, questions or just come and see what it’s all about.


WPA Spring Cleanup, Workshop and Planning Day

Share Are you a gardner? Would you like to know how to prep your own yard for Spring? Do you know how to prune a tree? Do you want to become a steward of the WPA gardens or just volunteer for a few hours? If you answered yes to any of these questions then join us in the WPA’s award winning garden. Tools and gloves provided. Instruction will be given by Dennis Whittinghill and other garden stewards. If FREE.



Getting Your School Garden off the Ground

Share Whether you are a parent or teacher and your children are planting in the ground, in containers, or in tree beds, you need some practical tips on how to get a school garden planted-now! Learn how to launch a simple yet engaging gardening program, connect with resources, and identify the materials you need.

Say No To Grass

Share Ever wonder why people say “grow food not lawns”? The food not lawns mantra is changing the way people see lawns, and many people would agree having food will always be better than grass, but few realize what an astronomical drain of resources, time and energy growing grass is here in the US. Lawns cover over 40 million acres of our country. To help give that huge number a feel, consider 10 million acres are devoted to corn (our #1 crop). Consider also, watering lawns uses 19,551,060,000,000 gallons of fresh water a year (#1 use). Then, we dump 67,000,000 pounds of synthetic pesticides into our soil just trying to kill “weeds*”. That’s 10 times more than farmers use on […]


The Princeton Environmental Film Festival

Share Founded in 2006, the PEFF’s mission is to share exceptional documentary films and engage our community in exploring environmental sustainability from a wide range of angles and perspectives. The festival began in 2007 and has run for eight consecutive years with a total of 92 days of programming and attendance of 26,000. Our screenings are accompanied by a Q&A with film directors and producers, as well as talks by invited speakers visiting the festival or by those who live here in our community. We also offer related events with community partners to connect people with opportunities to engage in sustainable actions and initiatives year-round. As we grow the festival and consider its sustainability, we are mindful to expand our […]