Apprenticeship Site - Bronx Green-Up/The New York Botanical Garden

General Information

Name of apprenticeship site:

Bronx Green-Up/The New York Botanical Garden

Location of apprenticeship site:

The New York Botanical Garden and Bronx community gardens/urban farms

Name and title of supervisor:

 Ursula Chanse/Sara Katz

 Supervisor Contact Info (Email and Phone):

uchanse@nybg.org, 718.817.8023 or skatz@nybg.org, 718.817.8038

Number of Apprenticeship Positions available at your site:

1, possibly 2 depending on interest and schedule

Title of apprenticeship position(s):

Bronx Green-Up Intern

Is your site accessible via NYC public transportation (i.e. train or bus)? If yes, please provide public transportation directions to your site. If no, what is the best way to reach your site? Please provide directions:

 Take the B, D, or 4 train to Bedford Park Blvd Station. From the station exit: 

Take the Bx 26 bus east to the Garden's Mosholu Gate entrance.

OR walk eight blocks down the hill on Bedford Park Blvd to the end (approximately 20 minutes). Turn left onto Southern Blvd and walk one block to Mosholu Gate entrance.

 Why do you want to work with a Farm School NYC apprentice?

 We are excited to work with a FarmSchool student who is self-motivated and interested in working with BGU and supporting the communities we serve. 


 

Apprentice Work Schedule

Farm School NYC requires that the apprenticeship be a minimum of 140 hours. 

# of Hours per week:

Apr - 40 

# of Hours total (140 hours minimum):

140+ 

Does your apprenticeship have a specific start and end date? If yes, please provide the start and end dates:

No

Does your apprenticeship have a work schedule with specific days and times? If yes, please list the days of the week and times:

No

Does your apprenticeship have a work schedule that is flexible and/or you are willing to wait and create a schedule that works for the apprentice? (A set schedule must be agreed upon in writing prior to the start of the apprenticeship.)

Yes


 

Apprenticeship Description

Please list all of the following categories that apply to this apprenticeship:

Crop Production, Teaching

Please describe the apprenticeship responsibilities and tasks. Please specify if the apprentice will have a specific project or whether they will be involved with general operations.:

Researching, preparing and teaching community horticulture classes, leading community workdays/projects, focusing on seed starting, organic gardening/farming techniques, fruit tree pruning (topics depend on dates of apprenticeship) could focus on specific project and be involved with general BGU operations.

 What will the apprentice learn through this apprenticeship?

Teaching methods, hands-on experience in seed starting, organic vegetable gardening/farming techniques, fruit tree pruning (depends on dates of apprenticehip), leading/organizing community projects, tracking activities/information. 


 

Supervisor & Site Details

How does your farm/project reflect the following Farm School NYC vision: “Farm School NYC aims to increase the self-reliance of communities and inspire positive local action around issues of food access and social, economic and racial justice”?

Bronx Green-Up provides hoticulture advice, technical assistance and training to community and school gardeners and urban farmers in the Bronx, the communities we support are primarily low-income communities of color in the Bronx; these gardens and farms increase food acces in their surrounding communities.

 What experience and knowledge will you (the Supervisor) share with the apprentice?

Teaching methods for different audiences, community outreach and relationship building, horticulture knowledge (particularly as related to food-growing), carpentry skills, leading and organizing community workdays/projects, providing leadership development opportunities, tracking information/activities

 What is exciting about your apprenticeship site?

We have a small staff (just 2 people for BGU) and would be excited to have another person who could help us reach and serve more of the garden/farm requests that we receive. Someone who is self-motivated could design and carry out a project within the season, that serves the Bronx community and falls within BGU's mission.

 Apprenticeships must include farming and/or gardening; they must engage the student in work with low-income populations; and they must be based in or connected to New York City in some way. Is the work of your site rooted in or connected to New York City? Please explain:

Bronx Green-Up provides hoticulture advice, technical assistance and training to community and school gardeners and urban farmers in the Bronx, the communities we support are primarily low-income communities of color in the Bronx; these gardens and farms increase food acces in their surrounding communities.

 Does your site work with low-income communities? If yes, please explain the nature of your work with low-income communities:

Bronx Green-Up provides hoticulture advice, technical assistance and training to community and school gardeners and urban farmers in the Bronx, the communities we support are primarily low-income communities of color in the Bronx; these gardens and farms increase food acces in their surrounding communities.

 Will the apprentice’s responsibilities include food cultivation?

Yes

Please list all that apply:

Botanical Garden, but field work primarily off-site at Bronx community and school gardens and urban farms.

The apprentice will gain experience in the cultivation of (please list all that apply):

Vegetables, Fruit, Herbs.


 

Apprentice Requirements

 What qualifications, skills, and experience do you want in your Farm School NYC student?

Enthusiasm, interest and flexibility. Basic knowledege of organic farming/gardening and training of trainers self-motivated and commitment to working with the communities we serve.

Which Farm School NYC courses are prerequisites for your apprenticeship? Please list all that apply:

We recommend Food Justice , Botany, Propagation, Growing Soil, Training of Trainers. However, it's not required that these courses have been taken prior to an apprenticeship.

If a Farm School NYC student is interested in your apprenticeship, what type of application materials do you want from them?

Cover letter, Resume, Interview

Please explain:

We would like a resume and cover letter by December 15th and would schedule an interview in January.