Snug Harbor Heritage Farm

Snug Harbor Heritage Farm

Location of apprenticeship site: Snug Harbor, Staten Island

Name of organization or business, if different from site name: Snug Harbor Cultural Center and Botanical Gardens

Name and title of supervisor: Jonathan Wilson, Farm Director

Supervisor Contact Info: (917) 974-7474;

Number of apprenticeship positions available at your site: 4

Title of apprenticeship position(s): Farm Apprentice

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

  • From MNHTTN: The Ferry to the S40 bus - from terminal 5-7 ride. 
  • From BKLYN: Take the S53 to the S44. Get off on Henderson and enter through the back gate. 

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

The group that came out truly seemed inspired about Ag on NYC. To work with folks who have the passion and understanding of why farming is so urgent is a privilege. As a non profit Farm with a limited grow area having engaged support through your apprentices would be vital, especially during end of prop and into peak.

Apprentice Work Schedule

Number of hours per week: Flexible

Number of hours total: 140+

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

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

Yes. We will work out a scheudle that fits both the need of the farm and the apprentice(s).

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 schedule must be agreed upon in wiritng prior to the start of the apprenticeship.)  Yes

Financial Details

Will you offer the apprentice payment or a stipend? 

No stipend, although we usually offer amazing produce at the end of each day to eat and take home to your loved ones!

Apprenticeship Description

Please list all the categories that apply to this apprenticeship: 

  • Crop Production
  • Enterprise

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. 

Seed propagation, direct seeding, weeding, thinning, cultivation, harvest, post harvest processing, storage and presentation of crops. 

What will the apprentice learn through this apprenticeship? 

How to grow food, and grow it well.

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”? 

Creating an open to the public production farm that hosts both young and old people from diverse communities is a strong component to the farm. Having a space where folks can choose to empower themselves through learning techniques of growing on the farm is another piece of that foundation. Employing young people from the community, a young woman and young man of color, working to support them in their growth as farmers is something I feel proud of.

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

Everything I have learned about growing fruits and vegetable the past 5 years in NYC. How to select crops for different markets. How to decide upon volumes and successions of crops. Relationship building with restaurants, and anything else I have to offer. 

What is exciting about your apprenticeship site? 

It is the largest single farm site in NYC ( sitting on over 2 acres) and sits on 83 of cultural institution parkland!

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

Yes, we work with summer youth to ensurer jobs for youth, offer tours and classes to educate local schools and the public about the importance of agriculture in NYC, and donate much over are overs to local Food Pantries. We also work restaurants committed to the overall well-being of their communties. 

Does your site work with low-income communities?

Yes, we work with local area schools, youth in the probabtion system, and plan on doing cooking demonstrations with local NYCHA community centers in the neighborhood. Our farm stand is open to the public which a diverse community, many working class and low-income.    

The apprentice will gain experience in the cultivation of: 

  • Vegetables
  • Fruit
  • Herbs
  • Flowers

*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, Use IPM (Integrated Pest Management)

Does your site employ and 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? 

Open to learn, Responsible, dedicated, ready to REALLY role up their sleeves and get filthy dirty!

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

Able to work in hot and cool weather, including the rain. Open to learn new ways of doing things. Patience. A love of the magic of plant life!

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


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

Cover letter, Interview

Please explain: 

Just want to meet with apprentices and go over what the season will look like in 2018.