Community Update August 2017
Course Updates
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Students working together at East New York Farms in Brooklyn
Recent Courses

Last month, our students explored farms all over NYC during our Crop Management course led by Chris Bolden Newsome and Lise Lorimer.   After studying crop families, students learned about common practices regarding succession planting, interplanting, crop rotation, and harvesting.  In addition to cultivated plants, students practiced identifying weeds, and shared traditional uses for wild, uncultivated plants.
Student Reflection: Crop Management
" I really enjoyed talking about weeds, looking closer into the plants' physical characteristics, and being able to identify them outside class. I loved going to the Queens Botanical Garden and Hattie Carthan Community Farm. And all the thoughtful conversations we had together in class, as well as the small group discussions."

- Jo Galvis, Crop Management student
What's Next?

Our Season Extension course highlights the best crops for late-season production. We'll learn about common season-extension tools: row covers, sun boxes, cold frames, greenhouses and hoop houses-- including the benefits and challenges of using these materials and where to source them. On August 19, we will visit Rise & Root Farm about 1.5 hours outside of NYC, and provide bus transportation, which is included in the course cost. Ready to keep growing?  Register for Season Extension here.

In September, our Preparing for Winter course will cover seed saving, garlic planting, garden clean-up and tool storage, cover-cropping basics (varieties, sowing methods and planting calendar) as well as food preservation techniques.   If you're interested in signing up for this course,  pre-register here !
Zooming Out: National Food Politics

In 2015, New York City joined 100 cities from around the world to define and implement the Milan Urban Food Policy Pact (MUFPP).  Two years later, the number of cities has grown to 142, and New York continues to champion food policy initiatives that align with the pact.  To find out what the city is doing, read more here.


The Black Urban Growers (BUGs) Conference has an open Call for Proposals through August 19!  This year's conference will take place in Atlanta, GA from November 10-12.  Be sure to submit your ideas and stay up to date on the conference line up.

Certificate Program Applications
Applications for our Certificate Programs are now open! If you, or someone you know, are interested in joining Farm School NYC, find out more  here before applications close on September 30. 
Upcoming Events 
Saturday, August 12, 10am - 2:30pm
Bronx Green Up / Bronx

Wednesday, August 16, 2:30 - 6:30pm
The Youth Farm / Brooklyn

Thursday, August 24, 6 - 7:30pm
La Finca del Sur / Bronx

Wednesday, September 6, 3 - 4pm
eXtension.org / Webinar
Saturday, August 12, 11am - 12pm
Snug Harbor / Staten Island

Monday, August 14, 6 - 8pm
Farm School NYC / Manhattan

Building a Raised Bed Garden
Saturday, August 19, 11am - 12:30pm
Tinyfield Rooftop Farm / Brooklyn

Wednesday, September 6, 6:30 - 8:30pm
NYS Dept of Ag / Manhattan
Jobs & Opportunities  
Sprout By Design

Queens Botanical Garden

Design Wild

Sprout By Design

Green City Force
Fast Food Justice

The Bubble Foundation

Stone Barns Center

Brooklyn Botanic Garden