Apprenticeship Site - EcoStation:NY Bushwick Campus Farm

General Information

Name of apprenticeship site:

EcoStation:NY's Bushwick Campus Farm and Farm-In-The-Sky

Location of apprenticeship site:

400 Irving Ave, Bushwick, Brooklyn

Name of organization or business, if different from site name:

EcoStation:NY and Make the Road NY

Name and title of supervisor:

Glenda Ullauri and Ana Moran

Supervisor Contact Info (Email and Phone):

gullauri.esny@gmail.com (914) 218 1682
ana.esny@gmail.com (347) 351 5900

Number of Apprenticeship Positions available at your site:

5

Title of apprenticeship position(s):

Urban Farming and Food Justice Apprentice(s), Composting Apprentice, Greenhouse and Aquaponics Apprentice, Education Apprentice, Chicken Apprentice (new!), Rooftop Farm Apprentice 

Have you had a Farm School apprentice in the past?

Yes

Name(s) of previous apprentice(s): 

Ai, Monique, Barry, Ana, D, Sari, and Elizabeth

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 L or M train to the Wycoff/Myrtle stop. We are just four blocks away. Enter the school through the main entrance at 400 Irving. Go through scanning and tell them you are going to the farm. They will show you the way. Call me if you are confused.



Apprentice Work Schedule

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

# of Hours per week: 8-35 hrs/wk

# of Hours total (140 hours minimum): 140 or above.

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

No, though our Community Apprenticeship Program runs March - November

Does your apprenticeship have a work schedule with specific days and times?

              Yes

Ideally the apprentice would be able to come on Thursdays, the day all our apprentices have a morning workshop from 9-11am. This morning session has allowed previous apprentices to go to work afterward and make up the hours another day, or they can stay the whole day. Wednesdays or Fridays are good for additional hours. Help is sometimes needed for large work days during the weekend as well. However, the exact schedule is yet to be decided.

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


 

Financial Details

Will you offer the apprentice payment or a stipend? If yes, please describe:

In food always! We also have paid consulting gigs that I offer to apprentices, and tour payments. We are currently fundraising for stipends for all adult apprentices who work with EcoStation:NY.


 

Apprenticeship Description

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

Crop Production, Animal Husbandry, Teaching, Advocacy, Enterprise, Community Food Arts, Irrigation, and lots more

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.:

 1. Urban Farming and Food Justice Apprentice. Work along side the Farm Manager on a daily basis and help to create and supervise the Youth's after-school club and summer job at the Bushwick Campus Farm. This includes but is not limited to food production and harvesting (for our five markets, NextDorrOrganics CSA salad contribution, and Momo Sushi Shack), youth empowerment activities, market skills, composting, carpentry, greenhouse maintenance, community outreach. This apprenticeship is education focused, though it is quite diverse on activities. Ideal for those who have little experience or focus just yet. 

2. Education Apprentice. This is the ideal position for someone who wants to go into education and youth work specifically. Experience teaching or working within the NYC school system preferred but not required. This person will take an existing curriculum binder for our teachers and expand its lessons and meet with teachers about hands-on opportunities at the farm and within the community. There will be plenty of opportunities to work in the farm and learn skills, though this person will always be taking those skills to the next level by teaching others!

3. Compost Apprentice! Work with our new and improved seven bins system and two greenhouse bins, organize materials for workshops, collection sites, and collaborate with Earthmatter  and BKRot (youth employed bike pwered compost pickup) to maintain and expand the school's composting project. We are a hub for the community's food scraps. This role is very important. This apprentice will keep records of our bin compost and worms.

4. Aquaponics and Greenhouse Apprentice. This Apprentice will focus their energy on everything in the greenhouse: propagation, plant sale, hydroponics, aquaponics, and water catchments. It is important that this person works with a class from the high school to carry forth the students' ownership over the aquaponics in particular. 

5. Chicken Apprentice. Learn from the beginning to end the construction of a coop, care, and education for the students of the high school. it would be great if this person started sooner rather than later. Partner with other community gardeners and Just Food's City Chickens Program.

6. Rooftop Farm Apprentice. This person will be working with our Farm-In-The-Sky Manager at a new site in Bushwick. The roof is located at Starr and Wycoff, near Maria Hernandez Park. This is our newest projects. We will need help running this location, though its start date is dependent on the completion of the building. This apprentice would work at the Bushwick Campus until the site is ready. The building will house local community based organizations (including our office), an Holistic Herbal Medical Center, and a Bar/Restaurant. This individual should begin soon to help with fundraising if interested.

What will the apprentice learn through this apprenticeship?

 The apprentice will learn a variety of skills depending on the area they would like to focus on. We are a high production, high youth involvement, high energy project. There will be a focus on construction skills, education, production, outreach, and community engagement. Although tere are focused positions all apprentices will gain the opportunity to work together, learn about each others focus area, and receive weekly two-hour workshops from the Director, or other apprentices.


 

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”?

We teach youth and adults the skills they need to teach others how to grow food. We also teach youth how to run farmers markets and cook. Our goal at the Bushwick Campus Farm is to be able to step back and hear the ideas of our students and community members so that they can become leaders in this movement. We are actively providing fresh food to the community through school cooking classes and markets at five locations in Bushwick. In addition, we are also working with two local bodegas to implement youth run healthy food initiatives. 

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


Ana Moran (Farm-In-The-Sky and Grove Farm Manager) is an incredibly passionate food justice activist. Originally from Guatemala, she has worked in various points along the food chain, including food vendor, restaurant worker (from dishwasher to cook), farmer, entrepreneur. Ana  is deeply connected to the intersections among food, immigration and culture . As a former Health Advocate with Make the Road New York she was the point person for MRNY’s first community farm, Grove Farm, where in collaboration with EcoStation, she was able to facilitate with MRNY members in urban farming and carpentry. All the food from their farm went to MRNY’s food pantry on Fridays and families from the neighborhood use the farm as a space to grow food together and plan for food sovereignty. Ana manages the Grove Farm and Farm-In-the-Sky site, and sustainable business models with our new “Green Machine.” She is excited to test alternative added value marketing techniques to better support urban farmers financially.

 

Glenda Ullari (Bushwick Campus Farm Manager and School Liason) comes from an academic background in anthropology, researching indigenous agricultural technologies and food sovereignty movements in Latin America. However, Glenda decided to change her focus to answer many of the issues that were happening around her, right here in NYC. Glenda is exploring food justice as a platform to address and organize around different anti-oppression struggles. Her work focuses on youth programming  and school partnerships. Glenda is passionate about leading circle discussion and activities that reclaim health as a culturally relevant process and is looking forward to expanding discussions surrounding decolonized diets as a way to rekindle our cultural heritage and connection to farming.
What is exciting about your apprenticeship site?

We have a lot of different projects going on at our campus site. We are a new project so their is room for creativity and leadership, yet we have a great deal of experience from just the past two years. We have a network of local markets we support. We like to partner with other organizations and community members doing all types of work. We are open to ideas.

Is the work of your site rooted in or connected to New York City? 

Yes

Please explain:

Bushwick Brooklyn primarily, but we teach other youth and adults from all over NYC through field trips, conferences and consulting.

 Does your site work with low-income communities?  

Yes

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

Our students and community are low income, Bushwick Brooklyn has very high rates of poverty and unemployment. We work primarily with the youth at the campus and local community members through Make The Road NY’s membership connections. We employ local youth and have created three staff position for them to also lead projects of ESNY. This is not a charity organization. We focus on job creation, skill development and awareness building.

Will the apprentice's responsibilities include food cultivation?

Yes

Please list all that apply:

This site is a farm, This site is a garden, This site is a rooftop

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

Vegetables, Fruit, Herbs, many

If your site is a farm, garden, or other crop propagation site, please list all that apply:

Organic but not certified, Use IPM (Integrated Pest Management), No-till farming as well as tillage, permaculture practices and soil fertility prioritzation

Does your site employ any non-organic farming practices (i.e. pesticides, fertilizers)?

No

What qualifications, skills and experience do you WANT in your apprentice?

 

Social people, people who like to work with high school age, people who speak Spanish is a HUGE plus, and people who are independent and can take on leadership roles.

What qualifications, skills and experience do you REQUIRE in your apprentice?

You must be sensitive to the needs of youth.

Good listeners.

Excited to work with recent immigrants (most of the people in our neighborhood are from Dominican Republic, Puerto Rico, Mexico, Ecuador and Africa.)

Punctual.

Which Farm School NYC courses are prerequisites for your apprenticeship?

Food Justice , Carpentry and Building Basics, Propagation, Growing Soil, Irrigation, Training of Trainers

 

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

The best way to see if you will be a good match is to meet in person.