Who is this class for?
Are you sitting at your desk right now, considering a job or career change? Do you want to make a difference in your community, get back to your roots and get your hands in the dirt?
This class is for
Whether you want to farm your backyard, your friend’s backyard, your roof, or terrace, you will learn in this Boot Camp series the ins and outs of Urban Farming. This class is for all levels of experience.
This class will be structured into 3 sessions:
The video lecture series will be available online well before the Field Work so you can ask all your questions in the morning and during our lunch break.
What does this Boot Camp Cover?
What to expect, bring, wear?
In addition to field work, there will be handouts & assignments in crop planning, and some tasty morsels of home-grown edibles. For our day on the farm, wear close-toed shoes and work clothes. If you have a pair of work gloves and/or pocket knife, bring 'em. And don't forget a journal for observation. Please wear weather appropriate clothes. We have a place of cover if it’s pouring rain, but if it’s sprinkling, we’ll be on the farm in the elements.
What will I be able to do when I leave this class?
SPECIAL NOTE: WEEKEND OF MAY 4TH WILL BE MY LAST BOOT CAMP IN NYC! Find out more here:
Part 1: The Daily Grind - Seeding, Transplanting, Sowing & Irrigation
In this workshop you will understand your crops’ needs and help you care for your plants with confidence. We will guide you through the activities of a farmer, and show you the tricks of the trade. You will start to understand the saying that, ‘a farmer’s footsteps are the best fertilizer.’
Part 2: Life Underground - Soil Health & Composting
Healthy, delicious food starts in the soil. This workshop will focus on soil health through the lens of composting and pest management. We’ll study the life cycles of “good” & “bad” bugs and how to manage them through a series of organic practices. Find out why composting might just save the world and how you can capitalize on the work of the microscopic beneficial critters.
Stacey is the founder of bk farmyards - a collective of urban farmers dedicated to the expansion of agricultural production and social justice in Brooklyn - and has led efforts in the design and implementation of 5 new farms in Brooklyn. As a farmer and teacher, Stacey has been featured in national media like Family Circle, Martha Stewart Radio, and the David Letterman Show. She has been teaching sustainable urban farming techniques for 3 years to people of all ages including a groundbreaking new year-round high school Go Green class that takes place at the Youth Farm. Stacey has also taught architecture and design at the University of Michigan.