Farm School NYC Certificate Program
Farm School NYC offers two certificate programs: The Citywide Certificate in Urban Agriculture and the Farm Intensive Certificate in Urban Agriculture, in partnership with The Youth Farm.
Applications for the 2017-2018 Certificate Programs open August 1st, 2017!
Learn more about our fantastic 2016-2017 student cohort:
Citywide Certificate in Urban Agriculture
Farm School NYC offers a two-year certificate program in Urban Agriculture. Our courses are taught by experts in the field, and focus on a wide range of topics from social justice issues, to urban planting techniques, to grassroots community organizing. Through engaging, site-based education, Farm School classes offer comprehensive professional training in urban agriculture and cultivate future leaders in NYC's food justice movement.
Our Citywide Certificate offers professional training in all aspects of Urban Agriculture. Our comprehensive curriculum consists of four main parts*:
Part 1: 14 core courses to provide a foundation in urban agriculture and food justice
Part 2: advanced coursework in a chosen area of focus and a seminar led by a Farm School NYC alumnus
Part 3: an apprenticeship in your chosen focus area
Part 4: 40 volunteer hours (completed in first 2 years)
FOR ALL PROGRAM DETAILS, REQUIREMENTS, AND COSTS, VIEW OUR 2016 APPLICATION GUIDE
*Any courses completed successfully to date can be applied towards a Certificate in Urban Agriculture in the future! Citywide Certificate students may take up to 5 years to complete all four parts. Non-certificate students may take most core courses and some advanced courses.
Have some questions? Then check out our FAQ page.
Farm Intensive Certificate in Urban Agriculture
Farm School NYC is partnering with the Youth Farm on a new Accelerated Certificate in Urban Agriculture, launching in November 2016. Accelerated certificate students can complete their certificates in 12-18 months rather than 24 months.
This expedited and immersive 660-hour, season-long training program will allow highly motivated students to take many of Farm School NYC’s core courses -- such as Food Justice, Botany and Training of Trainers -- as well as the Youth Farm’s 20+ hands-on workshops, refined over the last five years through the Youth Farm’s respected Urban Farm Training Program.
This Accelerated Certificate places an emphasis on continuous hands-on training throughout a full season of farming in NYC on a 1-acre diversified farm, the Youth Farm, from seed to harvest.
FOR LAST YEAR'S PROGRAM DETAILS, REQUIREMENTS, AND COSTS, VIEW OUR 2016 ACCELERATED CERTIFICATE APPLICATION GUIDE
- August 1, 2016: Application Opens
- August 16, 2016: Info Session 1 @ Neighborhood Preservation Center - RSVP here
- September 22, 2016: Info Session 2 @TBD
- September 30, 2016: Application Deadline
- October 3, 2016: Notification that your application was received
- October 17 – 23, 2016: In-person Interviews
- November 1, 2016: Notification of Acceptance
- November 7, 2016: Confirmation of Acceptance, tuition deposit and registration forms due
- November 17, 2016: New Student Orientation
- November 30, 2016: Class Begins!