Community Update July 2018
Program Updates
Summer is here and the heat is on. Our Irrigation course kept us cool throughout June reflecting on global water consumption and installing a drip irrigation system at La Finca del Sur . Now that Crop Management is underway, our co-teacher Mayfield Brooks welcomed us to Morris Campus Farm for the first time, where she is farm manager.

Meanwhile, Farm Intensive students are in full swing with their rotations, harvesting for CSA, and The Youth Farm market is now open on Wednesday afternoons. Advanced students are learning new skills at their apprenticeships, while Advanced Teaching regrounded us in popular education. Wishing everyone a balance of water and sun to soothe us through this season.
What's Next?

Summer courses are well under way! There are just a few more spaces left for Plant Health, taught by our alumni, Anandi Premlall!

This course is an introduction to pest and disease management for food crops. We will identify common NYC pests and diseases, and discuss prevention and management strategies through an organic, ecological and multi-cultural lens.

Wednesday, July 25, 6-9pm
Saturday, July 28, 10am-2pm
Wednesday, August 1, 6-9pm
Saturday, ​August 4, 10am-2pm

Zooming Out
Hawai'i Bans Use of Toxic Pesticide
After years of grassroots efforts by advocacy groups and communities, the governor of Hawai'i signed a bill banning the use of chlorpyrifos, becoming the first U.S. state to do so! Chlorpyrifos is a widely used pesticide that is often sprayed in proximity to schools and neighborhoods, harming both the workers and local residents. For more information, check out this article by the Center for Food Safety! Hopefully this action will serve as a precedent for other states to take similar action, as conversations are already underway in New York State.

To learn more about the action of Hawaiian communities and similar efforts in New York, check out this event:

6:00pm - 8:00pm, Wednesday, July 11
115 Fifth Ave, Floor 6 
This is a free event. Space is limited, so attendees must RSVP .

Late Blight
We don't farm in isolation. Everything is connected-- including blight! Late blight is a plant disease that has the potential to cause devastation to tomatoes and potatoes, infecting and destroying the leaves, stems, fruits, and tubers. NYS Dept of Agriculture encourages everyone to report instances to help track the spread of plant disease each season. You can find out more at your local Cornell Cooperative Extension or sign up for our Plant Health course!
Student Reflections

"I learned that there are far more cost effective and alternative ways to conserve water- rainfall catchment system rules!"

-Student, Irrigation

"I learned how much water is wasted and would be more mindful in my everyday life of the water being consumed."

-Student, Irrigation
Applications Open Soon!

Applications for our Certificate Program launch on July 15! We're holding several Open House days and Info Sessions between July and September where prospective students can learn more about our programs in person.

Info Sessions & Open Houses

July 31 : Info Session, 6-8pm @61 Local, 61 Bergen St, Brooklyn, NY
August 4 : Citywide Open Class, 10am-12pm
August 8 : Farm Intensive Open House, 8-10:30am and 1-3:30pm @The Youth Farm
August 15 : Citywide Open Class, 6-8pm
August 29 : Info Session, 6-8pm @Neighborhood Preservation Center, 232 E11th St
September 5 : Farm Intensive Open House, 8-10:30am and 1-3:30pm @The Youth Farm
FIC student Jade at The Youth Farm market on Wednesday afternoons
Upcoming Events
Thursday, July 12, 6-8pm
GreenThumb / Bronx

Sunday, July 15, 11:30am-2:30pm
Kelly Street Garden / Bronx

Tuesday July 17th, 5:30-9:00 pm
Brooklyn Grange / Brooklyn
Thursday, July 19, 6-9 pm
Local Roots NYC / Brooklyn

Saturday, July 21, 1-2pm
Queens Botanical Garden / Queens

Saturday, July 21, 11am-3pm
Harlem Grown / Manhattan
Jobs & Opportunities  
Brooklyn Grange

Harlem Grown

Down to Earth Farmers Markets

Ironbound Community Corporation
New York Restoration Project

The Brotherhood/Sister Sol

Clinton Housing Development Co.

Brighter Bites