2016 Growing Soil and Spring Classes

Want To Grow More This Season?
Guess What? - It All Starts With The Soil!
Farm School NYC's Spring Growing Soil Class

You've come to the right place - Welcome to Farm School NYC!

Below you can find out all the details about Farm School NYC's Growing Soil course, as well as our other Spring 2016 offerings!

If you have any questions we don't cover here, you can reach out to Farm School NYC's director, Onika Abraham anytime.

Growing Soil 2016
6-week session
April 13 - May 21, 2016
Wednesdays, 6 -9 pm, Saturdays, 10 - 2 pm

Essential to growing healthy plants is growing healthy soil. This course will cover everything from basic soil science, soil remediation and the current state of NYC soils to soil fertility, proper irrigation and cultivation, and compost (biology and system construction).

More about Growing Soil:
Producing healthy, abundant crops for our communities, growing a more just food system --these are the righteous preoccupations of most urban growers.  Sometimes, we spend more time imagining abundant harvests than we do thinking about growing great soil.

Yet, healthy soil is the foundation for a healthy ecosystem and farm -- a foundation that saves us time and energy when done right.

In this core course, students will survey soil science and sustainable soil cultivation and fertility practices -- from cover cropping to compost, No-Till to French Intensive. You will explore issues surrounding soil toxicity and the delicate but vital relationship between irrigation and soil cultivation. You will visit both an urban rooftop farm and a couple of regional farms to learn from experienced farmers about their different soil fertility management approaches, as well as their production, labor, and marketing practices. Finally, you will look at soil through various lenses of food justice work, and have discussion around those topics.

Read a profile of our Growing Soils instructor, Molly Culver!


Additional 2016 Spring Courses

Propagation: This course will cover the basic aspects of plant propagation and best practices for raising healthy seedlings from seed to transplant, including: 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.

March 23 - April 9, 2016
Wednesdays, 6 -9 pm, Saturdays, 10 - 2 pm

NYC as an Ecosystem: This course will provide an overview of the forces which shape our ecosystem, both natural and man-made. We will discuss geology, hydrology, vegetation patterns, wildlife, Native American history, and disturbance. Students will leave the course with an understanding of how to apply these concepts in an agricultural setting.

June 1 - 11, 2016
Wednesdays, 6 -9 pm, Saturdays, 10 - 2 pm