Community Update May 2017
Our Farm Intensive Begins!
We're excited to kick off the season! Earlier in April, our Farm Intensive at the Youth Farm finally began! Students dove right in and have already been preparing beds, sowing, and transplanting seedlings, in addition to learning more about each other. The cool mornings are giving way to sunny afternoons as springs arrives at the farm.

This year welcomes  our cohort of Farm Intensive students along with returning Crew Leaders Bersi, Tommy, and Chloe. Check out our student profiles!
Make Sure You're Counted!

The USDA Census of Agriculture will circulate later this year, and there's still time to sign up to take part before June.  Farmers of color have historically been underrepresented in agricultural census data.  Let's make sure the awareness of all farmers is as rich as our soil.

The survey has a strict confidentiality policy, but please be cautious when sharing with folks or in networks that include undocumented farmers.  With that in mind, please share widely, and be sure to register to receive the survey!

Course Updates

While our Farm Intensive began in April, our Propagation course recently came to an end.  Our all star team of  Molly Culver  and  Onika Abraham  facilitated .  Students visited  The Youth Farm  and  La Finca del Sur , and put knowledge into practice while raising seedlings at home!
Student Reflection: Propagation
"I loved the facilitators, the way they presented the material, the way they engaged with us, their positive energy and supportive environment, as well as the depth of their knowledge. They really made this course a meaningful learning experience.

I also enjoyed the time spent at the Youth Farm, learning about the techniques for starting seeds, the hoop house, sowing, watering.... It's challenging to say what I liked the most because it was all such a great experience."

- Milly Itzhak, Citywide Certificate Student

Farm School alumna Shephali Patel shares about her NYC Compost Project site at Snug Harbor with students
Growing Soils

Our current course, Growing Soils, is lead by veteran teacher Molly Culver .  The course focuses on everything from soil science, soil remediation, and current NYC soils, to soil fertility, proper irrigation, and compost biology & construction.   The course makes a number of trips to sites around the city, including Snug Harbor Heritage FarmKnow Wastelands, and Earth Matter!
What's Next?

Later in May, our Irrigation course will begin.  This two-week overview will cover the role of irrigation in farm systems, types of irrigation, how to set up these systems and where to source equipment within the context of NYC

We'll also send out registration for our NYC as an Ecosystem course in the near future.  If you're interested in more information or receiving the registration for these courses, pre-register here !
Upcoming Events 
Saturday, May 6 & 13, 10am-2pm
GreenThumb / McCarren Park

Saturday, May 13, 10am-12pm
The Battery Conservancy

Compost Giveaway
Sunday, May 21, 9am-5pm
DSNY / Fresh Kills, Staten Island

Tuesday, May 23, 7pm
Open House New York / DSNY
Thursday, May 11, 9am-8pm
Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Open House & Farmer's Market
Saturday, May 20, 11am-4pm
Brooklyn Grange in LIC

Monday-Wednesday, May 22-24
Albany, NY

Wednesday, May 24, 6-7:30pm
Bronx Green-Up / NYBG
Jobs & Opportunities  
Snug Harbor Heritage Farm

Dig Inn

Cornell Cooperative Extension

Urbane Development

Beth's Farm Kitchen

Deadline May 15
The Lowline


Stone Barns Center

Green City Force

Yellow Bell Farm

American Heart Association