Vertical Garden workshop today – and check out our whole Summer Series!

Hi Forklift Fans – we’ve got a great workshop this afternoon at Community Forklift.  But if you can’t make it, we’ve got more workshops later this summer.  They’re all free, too!  Here’s the full schedule:


How to Construct a Vertical Garden 

Presenter: Niraj Ray from Millennial Farmers

TODAY!  June 28th



In this workshop, you will learn how to construct a vertical edible garden (VEG) tower using partially salvaged materials as the structure for the tower. In these towers, you can grow greens, herbs, tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, beans etc. (just about anything except for trees and root crops). Vertical systems like the VEG tower, help capitalize on resources, saving space and minimizing the use of water, fertilizer and pesticides. A 10 foot row of vertical towers can grow as much produces as a 500 sq ft traditional, in-ground garden over a season.

Green Ideas for Daily Living

Presenter: TANYA DeKona, M.S., Occupational Therapist from the “The Green Elf”

July 19th



You shop at Community Forklift because you care about reusing materials, saving money, and reducing your impact on the earth.

What if you could improve your quality of life, reduce your bills, and live lightly on the earth in daily living, make your lifestyle very “green?”

Through this interactive and lively event, you will learn practical ways to Reduce, Reuse, and Recycle in daily life, key decisions that affect the planet and your money.

You will begin to think more deeply about how to integrate the 3 R’s– Reduce, Reuse and Recycle into your daily life by considering:

  • what you bring into your home (Reduce),
  • what you use in daily life (Reuse), and
  • what you discard (Recycle),

You are also invited to bring along objects (or photos of objects) that you’ve been keeping because you just don’t know what to do with them. We will brainstorm about possibilities, even trade objects within the group!

If you leave wanting to learn more about how to integrate the “3 R’s” into your own home and community, “the Green Elf” does home visits. A “green lifestyle” audit is an opportunity to discuss your needs on site and empower you to live the “green” lifestyle that you want.

You can reach your local elf, “The Green Elf,” via her business phone: (301) 385-3619.

Intro to Repurposing / Upcycling & Paint Prep Basics

Presenter: Mark Wardlaw from BNV Remodeling Company

July 26th



In this workshop, Mark will provide an interactive demonstration of how to turn a reclaimed door from Community Forklift into a headboard using basic hand tools. Through this interactive class, he will guide the beginner from start to finish.

Walk away with not only the knowledge and visual help needed to do-it-yourself, but also with a $5 Community Forklift coupon for a door of your choice.

Repurposing with Community Forklift 101:

Thinking Differently About Materials, and Starting Your Next Project

Presenter: Ryan Quinter

August 9th



Do you have a project in mind but don’t know where to start? Come learn the basics of re-purposing with a class built just for beginners.

In this customized workshop Ryan will work with attendees who have projects in mind, but don’t know where to start. We will be rethinking about salvaged materials and how they are used, looking at materials differently in order to help start or finish home projects and inspire others to do the same!

Ask Mr. Fix-It

**** Note: This is a hands on workshop

Presenter: Bergamin Fortunati from Southern Cross Co.

August 16th



Have an old piece of furniture you want to restore but don’t know how to get started? Bring it in to Community Forklift during this interactive, hands-on workshop.  Bergamin Fortunati will show you how to repair and restore old furniture, without great costs.  Bergamin will guide you through decisions on what kind of finish to use, how to decide whether to strip the wood, replacing broken parts or removing water stains and marks. Trim, knobs, handles and other useful materials are available here at Community Forklift.  Bring your questions and let’s get started!


Making & Using Your Own Chalk Style Paint

**** Note: This is a hands on workshop

Presenter: Sue Mondeel from Shabadaba Chic

August 23rd


At Shabadaba Chic, we are all about Reducing, Reusing and Recycling! There are many varieties of chalk style paints available today which make it easy for painting novices to tackle their own furniture facelifts, but the price tag can be daunting. The beauty of chalk based paint is its ability to adhere to almost any surface and to create customized weathered looks.

We will show you how to take any latex paint you find, either in your own basement or on the shelves at Community Forklift and mix up your own chalk based paint.


We’ll show you how to measure it, mix it, paint it, layer it and weather it too.

Bring some paint and a small furniture item such as a stool, side table, chair, or any other metal or wood item that you would like to transform.