Community Update April 2017
Course Updates

Earlier in March, our Carpentry course finished building raised beds at  New Roots Community Farm , pictured below .  Students also practiced planning a school garden and ordering supplies in addition to using a chop saw at Mayday.  Thanks to our instructor,  Sandy , for yet another incredible course! 
Student Reflections
"I enjoyed having the hands on experience such as building the raise beds, measuring wood, and learning the language of carpentry."

- 2017 Carpentry student

"The one-on-one time with the facilitators and being able to get comfortable with originally overwhelming power tools was great."

- 2017 Carpentry student

  Dividing and replanting irises at La Finca

Our current course, Propagation, is lead by our very own Molly Culver and Onika Abraham .  The course focuses on  aspects of plant propagation and best practices for raising healthy seedlings from seed to transplant.  This includes plant reproduction, the use and management of propagation tools such as greenhouses and hoop houses (managing microclimates, pests and diseases, and record keeping), creating and using propagation media such as soil mixes and common containers, and proper watering techniques for different types of seedlings and stages of growth.  Students visit The Youth Farm and La Finca del Sur, all while currently raising seedlings at home!

What's Next?

Later in April, our Growing Soils course will begin.  This five-week investigation into healthy soils covers everything from basic soil science, soil remediation and the current state of NYC soils, to soil fertility, proper growing techniques, and compost systems.  Students can look forward to numerous visits to urban farms, including Snug Harbor, Know Wastelands, and Earth Matter!

We'll also send out registration for our Irrigation and NYC as an Ecosystem courses in the near future.  If you're interested in more information or receiving the registration for these courses, pre-register here !
Recap: Conferences
From Making Brooklyn Bloom at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, to GrowTogether with GreenThumb, it has been a busy month full of conferences. We are thrilled to unite with organizations that are dedicated to building communities and would like to recognize all of the energy that goes into making these events happen. We looking forward to continuing to connect with all of the individuals and organizations engaging in urban agriculture and food justice.

A big shout out to Farm School alumni Ali Jacobs and Sheryll Durrant for speaking at the Just Food Conference, and to all of the industrious folks at Just Food for making it happen. If you missed it before, be sure to c heck out footage from the Just Food Conference here .
Upcoming Events 
Thursday, April 6, 6:30-8:30pm
CUBE / Brooklyn Law School

Earth Day Celebration
Saturday, April 22, 10am-4pm
Harlem Grown

Thursday, April 27, 8:30-10:15am
Hunter College

Friday & Saturday, April 28-29
Just Food
Wednesday, April 12, 6:30-9pm
350NYC / Society for Ethical Culture

Urban Food Policy Forum
Tuesday, April 25, 9-10:30am
CUNY Urban Food Policy

Saturday, April 29
Washington DC

Saturday, April 29, 11am-4pm
GrowNYC's Project Farmhouse
Jobs & Opportunities  
Earth Matter

Queens County Farm Museum

Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger

Green City Force

Deadline May 15
Brooklyn Grange

Slow Food NYC- Urban Harvest


Fishkill Farms

Fruit Tree Planting Foundation