New Roots Community Farm

New Roots Community Farm

Location of apprenticeship site: 670 Grand Concourse at 153rd Street, Bronx, NY

Name of organization: International Rescue Committee

Name and title of supervisor: Kathleen McTigue, New Roots Program Manager

Supervisor Phone: (212) 377-4747

Supervisor Email: kathleen.mctigue@rescue.org

Number of Apprenticeship Positions available at your site: 2

Title of apprenticeship position(s): Farm Production Apprentices

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

Yes, take the 2,4 or 5 train to 149th Grand Concourse. New Roots Community Farm will be on your right-hand side, just after 153rd Street.

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

The site has grown a lot over the last two seasons. Apprentices will have the opportunity to focus their skills on increasing food production, as well as continuing to build farm infrastructure.They will be able to provide ideas and best practices and put their Farm School training to good use. We will benefit from individuals who have seen a variety of production spaces around the city and have learned from urban agriculture leaders.


Apprentice Work Schedule

Number of Hours per week: 8 hours minimum

Number of Hours total: 200

Does your apprenticeship have a specific start and end date? 

Yes, seasonal March 2018 through August 2018, but could start earlier or go later

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

Does your apprenticeship have a work schedule that is flexible and/or you are willing to wait and create a schedule that works for the apprentice? (A set schedule must be agreed upon in writing prior to the start of the apprenticeship.) Yes

Financial Details

Will you offer the apprentice payment or a stipend? If yes, please describe:

No

Apprenticeship Description

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

Crop Production, Animal Husbandry, Teaching, Market

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 apprentices will be involved in general operations, but can focus on a specific area if interest and opportunity are available.

  • Greenhouse Production
  • Growing for Market
  • Chicken and Bee start-up projects
  • Seasonal technical workshops for farm members

What will the apprentice learn through this apprenticeship?

How to produce for market, start greenhouse transplants, make a farm planting schedule, care for chickens and bees, work as part of a team to maintain site and production area, work with local gardeners and refugees and asylees. 

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”?

The New Roots program and the New Roots Community Farm are focused on teaching food production so that individuals can provide fresh food for themselves and their communities. The farm involves local south Bronx residents and refugees and asylee clients of IRC to work together to address health issues in the Bronx and for vulnerable populations. The individual and communal beds allow refugees and asylees the opportunity to integrate into their communities at the local level and join the local food movement.

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

Overview of site goals and production plan, beekeeping, more than 10 years of experience working with urban agriculture projects from start-up through implementation, working with community and creating partnerships, starting farmer's markets.

What is exciting about your apprenticeship site?

The New Roots Community Farm has grown a lot over the last few seasons, but it is still a work in progress and has incredible potential. The apprentices will be allowed cultivate crops for market alongside community members, as well as explore new activities to develop the site. This project is exciting because of the available land and goal of creating an educational market farm in the South Bronx.

Is the work of your site rooted in or connected to New York City? 

Yes, the site is located in the South Bronx and the International Rescue Committee's New York office resettles refugees within the five boroughs. Our work is specifically in NYC. Food will be grown for and by NYC residents.

Does your site work with low-income communities?

Yes, the site has community garden plots which pull residents from the local South Bronx community. The IRC works with refugees and asylees who are new to the country and just starting to learn the language and find employment.

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

Vegetables, Fruit, Herbs, Livestock (This site is a garden. This site is a farm.)

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

Organic but not certified  

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? 

  • Extreme interest in growing for market and related experience
  • Ability to create and implement a crop plan
  • Greenhouse experience
  • Willingness to learn
  • Hard working and task oriented
  • Teaching and participatory training experience

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

Vegetable production experience 

Which Farm School NYC courses are prerequisites for your apprenticeship? Please list all that apply:

Carpentry and Building Intro, Propagation, Growing Soil, Crops Planning, Small Farm Planning and Design 

Farm School NYC students will find out about apprenticeship opportunities on November 20, 2012. They will then be required to submit applications materials to their preferred sites. 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, Site Visit

It would be good to have the student out on the farm as part of the interview to see what ideas they have and how they would approach different situations