EDUCATION AND PROJECTS
k-12 Youth education through City Growers
Youth education is highly valued at Brooklyn Grange, and for that reason we supported the founding of City Growers, a non-profit education program based on our rooftop farms. Since its founding in 2011, City Growers has brought over 10,000 children and young adults to our farms for educational excursions and workshops where they learn about earth science, nutrition, and environmental sustainability. Visit www.CityGrowers.org.
adult Workshops And Classes
From beekeeping education, to composting, to natural dye techniques, we offer a wide variety of workshops and classes, as well as a season-long apiary program on the farms. Check out our events calendar to find out about upcoming workshops, and click here to learn more about our beekeeper education program.
Refugee And Immigrant Program
In collaboration with the Queens-based Refugee and Immigrant Fund (RIF)'s Urban Farm Recovery Project, Brooklyn Grange has trained several refugees from Africa, Asia and Central America/Mexico, who bring with them cultural and agricultural traditions that enhance our farming practices and our community at the farm. Participants get work experience and build their resumes, as well as engage in therapeutic horticultural activities that allow them to escape the hustle and bustle of New York, their new home city.
Special Classes And Curricula
Brooklyn Grange’s team of Principles lead workshops, seminars and semester-long courses on-site at our farms, as well as in the classroom and the conference room. We’ve designed curricula and lesson plans, and taught courses for colleges and universities including The New School, New York University and Ontario’s Willowbank School, as well as green roof industry leader Green Roofs for Healthy Cities. For more information, write to firstname.lastname@example.org.
BEES & BEEKEEPING
Brooklyn Grange hosts a season-long beekeeping training program, as well as private and ticketed workshops, training new beekeepers to keep their own colonies. Our mission is to spread knowledge of these amazing creatures and increase their numbers in the face of the chemical threat posed by commercial agriculture. Whether you're interested in becoming a beekeeper, or just to learning more about these fascinating pollinators, our programs offer something for everyone.
In the summer of 2012, Brooklyn Grange began experimenting with oyster mushroom cultivation in the old Pfizer Factory in South Williamsburg, Brooklyn. In two defunct pharmaceutical labs, we taught ourselves how to grow gourmet Oyster mushrooms, and then sold the mushrooms for wholesale in Brooklyn and Manhattan through 2013 and 2014. The Oyster mushrooms were grown on a substrate of untreated New Jersey straw, and once the substrate is used up for growing, we compost it to create fresh soil for our vegetable farms. The mushroom farm is no longer operational, but we continue to offer regular mushroom workshops, which you can find on our Events Calendar.
Composting is an important component of our farms. Since we opened in 2010, we’ve diverted and recycled hundreds of tons of waste, putting it to use as nutrient-rich fertilizer for our farm. You can drop off your food scraps at our Flagship farm in LIC, Queens during our weekly Saturday open house in-season, mid-May through October.
NYC Honey Festival
Since 2011, every summer Brooklyn Grange hosts the NYC Honey Festival to celebrate New York’s growing beekeeping community. Visit the Honey Festival website for more information.
Brooklyn Grange partners with Green Guerillas to help their community gardens access vertical growing space. In 2015 we produced these helpful handouts for home and community gardeners. Click here to learn about building and growing your own vertical garden!