Apprenticeship Site - Taqwa Community Farm

General Information

Name of apprenticeship site:

Taqwa Community Farm

Location of apprenticeship site:

164th Street, bronx, New York

Name and title of supervisor:

Abu Talib

Supervisor Contact Info (Email and Phone):

sonnyattaqwa@yahoo.com; 347-934-7649

Number of Apprenticeship Positions available at your site:

1

Title of apprenticeship position(s):

Farm Assistant

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:

4 & D to Yankee Stadium. 13 bus up hill 3rd stop, 164th Street and Ogden Ave.

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

To teach what's going on. You grow by passing on knowledge.



Apprentice Work Schedule

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

# of Hours per week: Flexible

# 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:

March to October

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

Flexible

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:

No


 

Apprenticeship Description

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

Crop Production, Animal husbandry, Teaching, Advocacy, Enterprise, Community Food Arts

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.:

Involved in general operations, including farm maintenance, working with market, pruning, composting, with flexibility for interests of apprentice

What will the apprentice learn through this apprenticeship?

Agricultural skills, community building, neighborhood outreach. Including herb, vegetable, chickens, fruit tree farming, as well as community work, supporting local gardeners.


 

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”?

Sounds perfect for Taqwa Farm. This is our general philosophy, plain and simple.

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

All of it. Vegetable and herb gardening, fruit trees, chicken and egg production, farmer's market, receiving visitors, community development, compost operation.

What is exciting about your apprenticeship site?

It's got 38 fruit trees, chickens, sophisticated farm - only one of it's kind, accessible and open to community.

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

How could it not be, serving local neighborhood interests in the Bronx.

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

Vegetables, Fruit, Herbs, Livestock

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

Organic but not certified

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

No


 

Apprentice Requirements

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

Skills related to work at Taqwa - interest in farming, community development, neighborhood support. 

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

Presentation of interests at interview - A match between student interests and needs of Tqwa - vegetable, herb, gardens, chickens, fruit trees.

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

Presentation of interests and experience at interview.

Farm School NYC students will find out about apprenticeship opportunities on November 20, 2012. They will then be required to submit applications materials to their preferred sites. If a Farm School NYC student is interested in your apprenticeship, what type of application materials do you want from them?

Interview

Please explain:

An in-person interview is essential. Visit Taqwa and speak to Talib, feel free to make appointment by email or phone.