Added Value Farm

Added Value Farms

Location of apprenticeship site: Red Hook Community Farm, 560 Columbia Street

Name and title of supervisor: Saara Nafici, Executive Director

Supervisor Phone Number: 347-513-6774

Supervisor Email: saara@added-value.org

Number of Apprenticeship Positions available at your site: 1 - 2

Title of apprenticeship position(s): Farm Apprentice

Have you had a Farm School NYC Apprentice in the past?: No

Name of previous apprentice(s): n/a

Is your site accessible via NYC public transportation (i.e. train or bus)?: Yes

  • F/G to Smith/9th Street
  • B57, B61,
  • NYC Water Taxi, Ikea Ferry

Why do you want to work with a Farm School NYC apprentice?

A farm school apprentice would bring energy and experience, as well as potentially serve as a new mentor to our Teen Apprentices. The more farmers we have in the mix, the more we build our creativity, capacity, and opportunities for growth on the farm and for the youth and greater Red Hook community we serve.

Apprentice Work Schedule

Number of Hours per week: 8-12, flexible

Number of Hours total (140 hours minimum): 140-380, flexible

Does your apprenticeship have a specific start and end date?: No

If yes, please provide the start and end dates: Could be April-November, flexible

Does your apprenticeship have a work schedule with specific days and times?: Yes

Applicants' specific interests - CSA, farm stand, youth farmers, school visits - will determine days/times. Ideally some combination of Wednesdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.

Does your apprenticeship have a work schedule that is flexible / are you willing to wait and create a schedule that works for the apprentice?: Yes

Financial Details

Will you offer the apprentice payment or a stipend?: No

Apprenticeship Description

What will the apprenticeship cover?:

  • Crop Production
  • Enterprise
  • Farm Stand and CSA are options as well

Please describe the apprenticeship responsibilities and tasks. Please specify if the apprentice will have a specific project or whether they will be involved with general operations:

The main area that we could offer an apprenticeship would be focused on the CSA. The CSA role entails planting, weeding, harvesting, bundling, outreach, distributions, etc. This position would work with our youth farmers during harvest sessions, and community members during outreach and distribution. Depending on schedule and interests, this person could also support school workshop visits, back-end office work, and working with volunteers.

What will the apprentice learn through this apprenticeship?:

The basics of small-scale urban ag, the joys and challenges of a scrappy non-profit trying to a do a lot with a little, the importance of teamwork, the value of mentoring the next generation of farmers

Supervisor & Site Details

How does your farm/project reflect the following Farm School NYC vision: “Farm School NYC aims to increase the self-reliance of communities and inspire positive local action around issues of food access and social, economic and racial justice”?:

Added Value Farms believes that everyone has the right to eat healthy, affordable food and that young people are the greatest agents for change in their communities. Our programs include a three-season teen farm apprenticeship, a weekly farm stand, a CSA/farm-share program, and a school workshop program. We strive to transform vacant lands into vibrant urban farms, improve access to healthy, affordable produce, and nurture a new generation of green leaders. Over time, we have seen a real connection to the farms as a community-controlled asset that provides sustenance, safety, and a sense of belonging for our youth people and Red Hook as a whole.

What experience and knowledge will the supervisor share with the apprentice?: 

I have been working with young people in garden, farm, and bicycle-based programming for over 15 years. I have a deep love of botany and farm ecology and see pretty much everything as a learning opportunity. I use an inquiry-based approach to teaching and learning, and hope to nurture wonder and questioning as a daily farm practice.

What is exciting about your apprenticeship site?: 

It's huge! It's youth-led!

Please describe how the work of your site is rooted in or connected to New York City:

We are located a serve the neighborhood of Red Hook, Brooklyn

Does your site work with low-income populations?: Yes

All of our youth farmers are of color and from low-income households. Most live in the nearby Red Hook Houses. Many of our farm stand visitors are housing residents as well. Our CSA membership is largely wealthier, and we are experimenting with changes to expand membership.

The apprentice will gain experience in the cultivation of:

  • Vegetables
  • Herbs

If your site is a farm, garden, or other crop propagation site, please check all that apply:

  • Organic but not certified
  • Use IPM (Integrated Pest Management)

Does your site employ any non-organic farming practices (i.e. pesticides, fertilizers)?: No

Apprentice Requirements

What qualifications, skills, and experience do you WANT in your Farm School NYC student?:

Positive attitude, willing to work outdoors in challenging weather, flexible and able to problem solve, strong follow-through on tasks and projects, sees the big picture of the work despite the challenges of the details

What qualifications, skills, and experience do you REQUIRE in your Farm School NYC student?: 

Familiar with most food crops and their planting and maintenance needs - particularly pruning, staking, and trellising. Familiar with common crop pests and methods for prevention and management. Excited to work with teen farmers. Cultural competency with youth and communities of color.

Which of the following courses are necessary prerequisites for your apprenticeship? Please check all that apply:

  • Food Justice
  • Botany
  • Propagation
  • Pest/Disease ID and Management
  • Crop Planning
  • Small Farm Planning and Design

If a Farm School NYC student is interested in your apprenticeship, what type of application materials do you want from them (please check all that apply)?

  • Cover letter
  • Resume
  • Interview

Please explain:

The cover letter should address what they are specifically interested in focusing on, and how AV might be a good fit. Interview can be in person or by phone.