CORE COURSES

Below are Farm School NYC's core courses, phase one of the Certificate in Urban Agriculture Program. All of these courses will be open in 2015 to people not registered in our Certificate Program. If you are interested in taking a course, apply as a non-certificate student today! Applications are accepted on a rolling basis, and you need only apply once to take any of the courses below, but PLEASE COMPLETE THE APPLICATION AT LEAST TWO WEEKS BEFORE THE FIRST CLASS OF ANY COURSE YOU WOULD LIKE TO TAKE! We will inform applicants of our decision at least one week in advance of the next  course on our schedule, and we'll add you to our mailing list to receive scheduling and registration updates.
 
Please note that all course dates are subject to change.  Email farmschoolnyc@justfood.org to be added to our mailing list and receive any updates.  Thank you for your interest, and hope to see you in class soon!
 

Winter Season


Training of Trainers
This dynamic course explores popular education methods, emphasizing the concepts of learner-centered teaching, and hands-on, participatory learning. Students will explore various styles of learning, and practice planning, designing and leading an effective workshop.
December 2 - December 17, 2014
Wednesdays, 6 -9 pm
Saturdays, 10 - 2 pm
 
Food Justice: With NYC as the stage, this course will provide an overview of food politics, food justice issues and approaches. This course will look at economic, political and social disparities, and the innovative people and projects working to overcome them. This course will include an intensive weekend Undoing Racism training, giving students a food justice foundation to build on in their food movement work.
January 7 - 31, 2015
Wednesdays, 6 -9 pm
Saturdays, 10 - 2 pm
Saturday, 1/24 and Sunday, 1/25, 10 am - 5 pm
 
Botany: Study the plant body and the main component parts of the plants we eat: roots, stems, leaves, flowers and fruit. This course will better prepare students for Propagation, Growing Soil, Plant Health and Crop Management.
February 12 - March 7, 2015
Thursdays, 6 -9 pm
Saturdays, 10 - 2 pm

 

Spring Season


Carpentry and Building Intro: Learn carpentry basics: reading and drawing building designs relevant to urban agriculture (raised beds, compost bins, chicken coops, cold frames, greenhouses and hoop houses, rainwater harvest systems). Outdoor building classes will cover tool safety and maintenance as well as provide hands-on building experience.
March 11 - 21, 2015
Wednesdays, 6 -9 pm
Saturdays, 10 - 2 pm

 
Propagation: This course will cover the basic aspects of plant propagation and best practices for raising healthy seedlings from seed to transplant, including: Plant reproduction, the use and management of propagation tools such as greenhouses and hoop houses (managing microclimates, pests and diseases, and record keeping), creating and using propagation media such as soil mixes and common containers, and proper watering techniques for different types of seedlings and stages of growth.
March 25 - April 18, 2015
Wednesdays, 6 -9 pm
Saturdays, 10 - 2 pm

(No class April 4 - 10 for spring break)

 
Growing Soil: Essential to growing healthy plants is growing healthy soil. This course will cover everything from basic soil science, soil remediation and the current state of NYC soils to soil fertility, proper irrigation and cultivation, and compost (biology and system construction).
April 22 - May 20, 2015
Wednesdays, 6 -9 pm
Saturdays, 10 - 2 pm

 
NYC as an Ecosystem: This course will provide an overview of the forces which shape our ecosystem, both natural and manmade. We will discuss geology, hydrology, vegetation patterns, wildlife, Native American history, and disturbance. Students will leave the course with an understanding of how to apply these concepts in an agricultural setting.
May 27 - June 6, 2015
Wednesdays, 6 -9 pm
Saturdays, 10 - 2 pm

 
 

Summer Season


Irrigation: Within the context of NYC’s watershed, we’ll cover the role of irrigation in farm systems, types of irrigation, how to set up these systems and where to source equipment.
June 10 - 20, 2015
Wednesdays, 6 -9 pm
Saturdays, 10 - 2 pm

 
Crop Management: This course will explore the best crops for NYC’s climate, weed management, succession planning and planting, inter-planting, harvesting and post-harvest handling techniques, review of common crop plant families and their specific needs including vegetables, herbs, flowers and fruit, and summer pruning.
June 24 - July 25, 2015
Wednesdays, 6 -9 pm
Saturdays, 10 - 2 pm

 

Plant Health: This course is an introduction to organic pest and disease management.  We will begin to identify common NYC pests and diseases and discuss prevention and management strategies, including cultural practices, mechanical and biological controls and low-toxic treatment. 

July 29 - August 8, 2015
Wednesdays, 6 -9 pm
Saturdays, 10 - 2 pm

 

Fall Season

 
Season Extension: Learn about the best crops for late-season production. Students will also learn about common season-extension tools: row covers, sun boxes, cold frames, greenhouses and hoop houses. We will cover the benefits and challenges of using these materials, and sources for them.
August 12 - 22, 2015
Wednesdays, 6 -9 pm
Saturdays, 10 - 2 pm

 
Preparing for Winter: This course will cover seed saving, garlic planting and varieties, garden clean-up and tool storage, cover-cropping basics (varieties, sowing methods and planting calendar) as well as food preservation techniques.
September 2 - 19, 2015
Wednesdays, 6 -9 pm
Saturdays, 10 - 2 pm

 
Small Farm Planning and Design: This course will review the value of and types of record keeping for your community garden, urban farm, or food-related business. Learn practical elements of community garden, school garden and urban farm design, business planning 101, beginner marketing concepts and program planning. Learn about the theory and practice of asset-based community mapping.  There are several pre-requisites for this course.  Please contact us for more information.
September 30 - October 31, 2015
Wednesdays, 6 -9 pm
Saturdays, 10 - 2 pm

 
Transformational Leadership: This course will explore ways of connecting our values to our goals and tools for reaching them. We will practice holding spaces to examine the power of story telling in our communities. We will practice deep listening and dialogue as a means of cultivating leadership skills that will transforms and cultivate practical learning experiences. There are several pre-requisites for this course.  Please contact us for more information.
Saturday, November 14, 2015, 10 am - 5 pm
Sunday, November 15, 2015, 10 am - 5 pm