WHO WE ARE
Farm School NYC began as a collective vision in 2007. The early planners realized that we have so many resources in New York City – many diverse community gardens and urban farms, a network of supportive greening organizations, and excellent educational opportunities. At the same time, we realized that we needed something else, where we can gain a comprehensive farming education. For three years, a network of individuals and groups came together to plan the school. Farm School NYC received funding from the USDA Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program in September 2010. Farm School NYC first opened for classes three months later, in January 2011.
Founded by a collective of urban farmers, gardeners, educators and activists, Farm School NYC continues to be guided by a community of advisers. An Executive Board, an Academics Committee, a Faculty Committee and a Community Partnerships Committee work closely with Farm School Director Onika Abraham to ensure that the school's guiding principles are upheld and that our students experience a comprehensive, professional and participatory education in urban agriculture and food justice.
Our faculty are at the forefront of urban agriculture and are experts in a wide range of topics from social justice issues, to urban planting techniques, to grassroots community organizing. They run some of the most well-regarded urban farms and gardens in our region, and their approach to teaching is grounded in experiential learning and popular education. Read profiles of some of our instructors here. >
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