Morris Campus Farm

Morris Campus Farm

Location of apprenticeship site: 1100 Boston Road, Bronx, NY

Name and title of supervisor: Mayfield Brooks

Supervisor contact information: morriscampusfarm@gmail.com; (415) 635-1642

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

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

If yes, please provide public transportation directions to your site: 

  • MTA - 2 or 5 train to Prospect Ave
  • Metro-North

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

Morris Campus Farm is a new project of the four high schools that reside on the Morris High School Campus and there are multiple building and horticulture projects in progress. Working at MCF would be a vague opportunity because the farm is still being built, planned out, and programmed. The FS NYC apprentice would contribute to MCF's development in a substantial way.

Apprenticeship Work Schedule

Number of hours per week: at least 12, can be more

Number of total hours: at least 140, negotiable

Start date: as soon as possible

End date: negotiable

Specific days and times of apprenticeship:  Monday - Friday (some Saturdays)

Financial Details

Will you offer the apprentice payment or a stipend? No

Apprenticeship Description

Please select all of the following categories that apply to this internship: crop production, teaching, advocacy, enterprise, community food arts, building, construction, garden design, propagation, greenhouse management, food justice, culinary/farm-to-table

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. (Please use additional space if necessary.):

This is a high school farm in the beginning stages of its development. Apprentice will be responsible for irrigation, soil heath, composting, basic horticulture tasks, and some assistant teaching tasks. Must be independent.

What will the apprentice learn through this apprenticeship?

The apprentice will learn urban farming skills, crop planning for a school farm environment, horticulture skills, how to maintain soil health, observation, pest management, community organizing/food justice, and how to take on, cultivate, and develop a project that interests them.

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"?

Morris Campus Farm's mission is centered on seasonal production, principles of mindfulness and healing to increase youth self-reliance and understanding of how to grow food in their community.

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

I will share my knowledge of horticulture, youth development, food justice, and generally how to run a school-based community farm. There are also building projects and animals projects in the works that the apprentice can get involved in if the timing is right.

What's exciting about your apprenticeship site?

It's a NEW farm, and the only of its kind at a high school campus in the Bronx - so much potential and it's magical, too!

Apprenticeships must include farming and/or gardening, and they must be based in or connected to New York City in some way.

Is the work of your site rooted in or connected to New York City? Yes, it is in The Bronx, NY.

Does your site work with low-income communities? Yes, the youth in the schools I work with come from the lowest income bracket in The Bronx.

The apprentice will gain experience in the cultivation of: vegetables, herbs, perennials

If your site is a farm, garden, or other crop propagation site, please check all that apply: organic but not certified, (working on IPM - integrated pest management)

Apprenticeship Requirements

What qualifications, skills, and experiences do you want in your Farm School NYC student?

  • Horticulture skills/previous experience working with annual and perennial plants on a large garden/farm scale
  • Familiar with irrigation systems, greenhouse propagation, soil health, seed starting, seed saving, biodiversity, light carpentry
  • Some experience working with school-age youth
  • Preferably bilingual in Spanish/English

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

  • Basic horticulture and garden maintenance skills (prior experience)
  • Cultural competency/some experience with high school youth and knowledge of NYC schools
  • Building skills/light carpentry
  • Food justice

Would you like any Farm School courses to be prerequisites for your apprenticeship? Please list all that apply: Food Justice, Botany, Carpentry and Building Intro, Propagation, Growing Soil, NYC as an Ecosystem, Irrigation, Crop Management, Pest/Disease ID and Management, Season Extension, Small Farm Planning and Design, Preparing for Winter

If a Farm School NYC student is interested in your apprenticeship, what type of application materials do you want from them? Cover Letter, Resume, Interview, Farm Visit