Winter and Spring 2015 Recap

2015 Core Courses Recap:

Growing Soils

April - May 2015
In Molly Culver's five-week deep dive into soil health, students criss-crossed the city learning about cations, mycorrhizae, nematodes and the like at Brooklyn Grange's Long Island City farm, Earth Matter Compost Learning Center on Governor's Island, Snug Harbor Heritage Farm on Staten Island, and of course, Molly's own Youth Farm at the High School for Public Service. 


Propagation

April - March 2015
Returning Prop teachers Molly Culver and Onika Abraham increased the focus on justice and equity issues embedded in propagation practices in this year's course, inspiring students to share inspiring reflections on seed sovereignty, cultural traditions and biodiversity.  See their food justice and propagation reading list and read some student essay excerpts here. 


Carpentry and Building Skills

March 2015
March showers got in the way a few times, but the students in Sandy Nurse and Logan Price's course this year built professional raised beds and
beautiful benches and a table at Hope Gardens Community Center in Brooklyn.


Botany

February - March 2015
Uli Lorimer's legendary Botany final elicited familiar cries of fatigue and gratitude from this year's class.  The test may take some students hours to complete, but many expressed how grateful they were to have a chance to review all they had learned in this comprehensive four-week course. 


Food Justice

January 2015
This foundational course for Farm School NYC drew a diverse and dedicated group of students this year.  The course was led once again by Yonnette Fleming, urban farmer, social change catalyst and founder of Hattie Carthan Herban Farm & Markets, who developed the course with Kolu Zigby, program office at the Jessie Smith Noyes Foundation. Students' work exploring social justice and racial equity in our nation and its food system extended beyond the class, inspiring a three-part film screening and discussion group for the PBS series Race: The Power of an Illusion.


Training of Trainers

December 2014

Longtime teachers Owen Taylor and Greg Anderson kicked off the 2015 course calendar with a sold-out Training of Trainers course in December.  For those of you who on the waiting list, we are working on a session for fall.  Stay tuned!