Grow a Farmer — Support Farm School NYC
Grow a farmer by supporting Farm School NYC, the city’s comprehensive, professional level urban agriculture training program grounded in social justice.
Since 2010, Farm School NYC has educated hundreds of adults through a 20-course, hands-on curriculum taught by experts in the field. Courses cover a wide range of topics from social justice issues, to urban planting techniques, to grassroots community organizing. Through engaging, place-based education, our classes cultivate future leaders in NYC’s food justice movement.
“In helping me understand the food industry and the science behind sustainable agriculture, Farm School has brought me close to my goal of feeding human beings with healthy food, and… a path toward a new, clean world that will save life on our planet.”
~ Francois Piebo, Farm School NYC Student
“Most transformative of all, Farm School NYC has introduced me to a group of individuals who inspire and awe me. The Farm School NYC community—an ever-enlarging group of students, alumni, teachers, and founders—is a vibrant, diverse, impressive community of growers and food activists in New York City who are becoming national leaders.”
~ Andrea Crawford, Farm School NYC Student
How you can help
Farm School NYC trains leaders committed to building an equitable food system. A central part of our mission is to provide urban agricultural education to people at all income levels. As a result, our average student is able to pay only one-third of the cost of our courses. To keep our program open to all, we need your help. Please consider making a donation—and join us in showing your support for sustainable agriculture rooted in social justice.
Farm School NYC will offer 20 courses over 40+ weeks in 2016 — from Food Justice to Botany, Irrigation to Propagation — educating 100+ students and employing more than 20 expert urban farmers and advocates. Dozens of students will need tuition subsidies to join us each month, especially those who could contribute to urban agriculture projects in communities where health disparities are greatest.
why we’re doing it
New York City is a place with growing wealth and health disparities, where access to healthy food is tenuous for many, and communities can be fractured by social, economic and racial injustice.
Urban farms provide a host of benefits–they increase access to healthy, affordable food in underserved neighborhoods; they help reduce crime and create safer, greener public spaces; they redirect rainwater to lessen the impact on our failing wastewater management systems; they help rid city soils of pollutants through composting and remediation; they create job and entrepreneurship opportunities; they are cornerstones of vibrant, engaged communities. Farm School NYC is committed to offering comprehensive, professional training to educate the future leaders of our city’s farms and food-based initiatives.
Alumni have gone on to staff and lead agricultural projects throughout the city, state and beyond.