Harlem Grown

Harlem Grown

Location of apprenticeship site: 118 W 134th Street

Name and title of supervisor: Ciara Sidell, Farm Manager & Educator

Supervisor Phone Number: 917-776-5551

Supervisor Email: csidell@harlemgrown.org

Number of Apprenticeship Positions available at your site: 2

Title of apprenticeship position(s): Urban Farming and Farm Education Apprentice

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

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

Yes, our main farm is located at 118 w. 134th street, in between Adam Clayton Powell Blvd and Lenox Ave. You can most easily access the site via the 2/3 at 135th street.

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

Harlem Grown’s mission is to inspire youth to live healthy and ambitious lives through mentorship and hands-on education in urban farming, sustainability, and nutrition. We are excited to have the opportunity to work with NYC residents who are eager to become immersed in the wonders of urban agriculture, food justice, and farm-based education work.

If your site is not selected by a Farm School NYC student, would you like to make your apprenticeship available to the public? No

Apprentice Work Schedule

Number of Hours per week: 8 - 35

Number of Hours total (140 hours minimum): 140+

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

Does your apprenticeship have a work schedule with specific days and times? No

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

Please check all of the following categories that apply to this apprenticeship:

  • Crop Production
  • Animal Husbandry
  • Teaching
  • Advocacy
  • Hydroponic Greenhouse Crop Production

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.

Under the direction of the Farm Manager & Educator, Apprentices will lead educational tours and workshops on Harlem Grown farms for local schools, youth organizations, and community groups of all ages. This is an excellent opportunity for volunteers with an interest in urban farming, food justice, youth development, or education to gain hands-on experience leading participatory workshops on composting, sustainability, food justice, plant life cycles, etc. Creative input is welcome to refine and enhance lesson plan repertoire and implementation. Between tours and workshops, Apprentices will participate in general farm chores (composting, weeding, watering, harvesting, planting...) at our 10 sites throughout Harlem. On occasion, Apprentices will also be involved in larger projects like compost bin builds, raised bed repairs, and hoop house construction.

What will the apprentice learn through this apprenticeship?

Apprentices will be exposed to the ins and outs of a non-profit urban agriculture organization. In addition to participating in hands-on farming and composting activities, apprentices will learn how to engage community members and youth of all ages in food justice and urban agriculture work.

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”?

Harlem Grown is an independent, non-profit organization whose mission is to inspire youth to lead healthy and ambitious lives through mentorship and hands-on education in urban farming, sustainability, and nutrition. Founded in 2011, we operate local urban farms, increase access to and knowledge of healthy food for Harlem residents, and provide garden-based development programs to Harlem youth. Healthy habits start young, which is why our programs target elementary-aged students. Because food justice is more than just providing and distributing food, our model seeks to positively impact the entire community through mentorship, job training, and partnerships to create sustainable change.

What experience and knowledge will you (the Supervisor) share with the apprentice?

Farm Manager Ciara has been with Harlem Grown for two seasons, after having apprenticed on the Queens Farm for two summer seasons and interned with City Growers on the Brooklyn Grange. At Harlem Grown, we are a strong team of passionate Farmers and Educators. Our crew come from varied backgrounds, and are eager to share their knowledge and perspectives on food production and food justice with others.

What is exciting about your apprenticeship site?

We are constantly growing and looking for input from those involved in our programs. Apprentices will have the opportunity to be part of design, development, and decision making processes for new farm locations and school garden curriculum. As we grow, there is sometimes the potential to hire. While we cannot promise available positions at the end of an apprenticeship, we greatly value our interns + apprentices, and would be excited to pass along those opportunities as they come about!

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

Harlem Grown is 100% rooted in New York City. Our staff all reside in the city, and our Harlem-based urban agriculture sites are either Green Thumb properties or linked to public schools in the neighborhood.

Does your site work with low-income populations?

Yes, we increase access to and knowledge of healthy food for Harlem residents through open community days, a free farm stand, and education workshops. We provide garden-based development programs to Harlem youth through our intensive partnerships with schools in the neighborhood.

The apprentice will gain experience in the cultivation of: (please check all that apply):

  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Herbs
  • Egg Laying Hens 

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)

Apprentice Requirements

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

Enthusiasm and flexibility are important at our fast-paced multifaceted organization. Carpentry, teaching, and administrative (data-keeping) skills would all be a plus.

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

Excellent verbal communication and facilitation skills Ability to work with diverse community members Reliable, punctual, and motivated Willingness to work outdoors in all types of weather Gardening or farming experience, and knowledge of organic and sustainable practices, preferred Experience in youth education, teaching, or public speaking, preferred Flexibility to work different days or extended shifts, appreciated, but not required Spanish language fluency, a plus

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

  • Food Justice
  • Training of the Trainers
  • Carpentry and Building Intro
  • 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:

Most importantly, we'd like to set up a visit for you to see our spaces!