Apprenticeship Site - Brooklyn Grange

 General Information

Name of apprenticeship site:

Brooklyn Grange

Location of apprenticeship site:

Long Island City, Queens and Brooklyn Navy Yard, Brooklyn

Name and title of supervisor:

Gwen Schantz and Melissa Kuzoian

Supervisor Contact Info (Email and Phone): 718-404-2023 860-906-8092

Number of Apprenticeship Positions available at your site:

2 per farm location

Title of apprenticeship position(s):

Farm Apprentice

Have you had a Farm School NYC apprentice in the past?


Name(s) of previous apprentice(s):

Claire Turner

Is your site accessible via NYC public transportation (i.e. train or bus)? If yes, please provide public transportation directions to your site. If no, what is the best way to reach your site? Please provide directions:

Queens Location: R or M train to 36th St Stop in Queens, building is right upstairs (37-18 Northern Blvd)

Brooklyn location: The Brooklyn Navy Yard is a 15 minute walk from the A/C train at High Street or F train at York Street, or G train at Clinton Washington. Also bus service: B48, B57, B62, B69
. Folks can enter through the Clinton gate and we are on Building 3.

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

We take apprentices every year and it would be great to contribute in some way to the Farm School program.

Apprentice Work Schedule

Farm School NYC requires that the apprenticeship be a minimum of 140 hours.

# of Hours per week: 8+ (up to 35 if people are interested)

# of Hours total (140 hours minimum): 160

Does your apprenticeship have a specific start and end date? If yes, please provide the start and end dates:


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


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.)



 Apprenticeship Description

Will you offer the apprentice payment or stipend?

No, we are unable to offer any kind of stipend at this time.

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

 Crop Production, Animal Husbandry, 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.:

 General vegetable production farm work, including preparing soil, planting, weeding, harvesting, tilling, work with irrigation and some working with chickens.

 What will the apprentice learn through this apprenticeship?

 How a vegetable farm business operates on a daily basis. 


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”?

 We are a small farm based in NYC and we're working to establish urban agriculture as a self-sustaining and job-creating industry.

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

 I have 4 years of experience running an urban farm, and the apprentice will be given access to all of my and my partners' knowledge.

 What is exciting about your apprenticeship site?

 It's on a roof!

 Does your site work with low-income communities?      


If yes, please explain the nature of your work with low-income communities:

We have an education program that serves many Title I schools, and we have had low-income apprentices in the past.


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

Vegetables, Fruit, Herbs, Livestock, Mushrooms
If your site is a farm, garden, or other crop propagation site, please list all that apply:

The site is a farm, the site is a rooftop, Organic but not Certified

Does your site employ any non-organic farming practices (i.e. pesticides, fertilizers)?



Apprentice Requirements

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

Basic experience working with plants, enthusiasm, not afraid of manual labor

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

None, just energy and a good attitude 

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

Growing Soil, Crop Planning

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

Please explain:

We would like to meet the candidate and get a sense of his/her experience, abilities and goals.