BFRDP Projects

Farm School NYC 2016-2019: Enhancing Educational Experiences, Resources, and Support for Beginning Urban Farmers
[Progress Report]

Award Amount: $593,930
Grant Program: 2016 Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program Awards
Project Director: Onika Abraham
Organization: Farm School NYC / Just Food


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Project Overview

During the first year of our current three-year USDA BFRDP grant, Farm School has focused most intensively on three objectives:

  1. Students gain knowledge and skills through courses to produce food sustainably and develop and manage innovative marketing activities. We organized our Citywide Certificate courses that improved 90 participants’ knowledge and skills to produce food sustainably and manage marketing activities.
  2. Students gain more intensive on-farm training and an expedited certificate through a new program with The Youth Farm. We developed and implemented a new Farm Intensive Certificate program in partnership with The Youth Farm to offer a more intensive on-farm training and an expedited certificate.
  3. Regional farm apprentices and junior farm staff participate in the Northeast's first urban-based Collaborative Regional Alliance for Farmer Training (CRAFT) program. We launched the first urban CRAFT program in the Northeast, with 42 participants at 6 events. 

In the coming year, we plan to continue refining these three objectives while delving deeper into the two additional objectives:

  1. Students gain in-depth, hands-on experience through 140-hour apprenticeships to produce food sustainably and develop and manage marketing activities. We will focus on our apprenticeship program, which the Citywide students that we accepted during this period will begin in spring 2018.

  2. Alumni gain additional information, skills, and networking opportunities to support their entry into farming. We will conduct in-depth surveys and interviews with former and current students and alumni, with guidance from an external evaluator, focusing particularly on those who identify as people of color and those who are low resource. This will provide critical information about the success of the program so that we may enhance our supportive services to help retention among students from marginalized communities. Further, it will enable us to provide additional opportunities for alumni to gain information, skills, & networking opportunities to support their entry into farming.

Number of Participants: 98


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