Ben Flanner teaches you how to grow the most veggies from your small city plots!
It's the end of March and it's time to get your plans together for your spring garden going! Head farmer Ben will take you through the early decisions to make, so you'll have all of your ducks in a row as the days start getting longer and warmer. Will you need to do some construction? The class will start with discussing different types of planting boxes, and ways to work around different opportunities, sun exposures, etc. Then we'll briefly discuss soil, potting mix, and fertility, seeds to start stocking up on, and the best places to purchase what you need.
Next we'll discuss planting schedules, timing for different crops and crop varieties. Each attendee will make a diagram of their own plots, and share with like-minded urban gardeners. We'll discuss different layout strategies, best ways to plan for the cycles of the season, how to succession plant, and get the most flavor, quality, and fun from your garden this summer!
About Ben Flanner
Ben Flanner is the Director of Agriculture, President, and co-founder of Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm. He is widely considered a pioneer for his groundbreaking model, which adapts existing green roof technology to intensively cultivate vegetables. As Director of Agriculture, Ben directs all agricultural endeavors on the farm; as President, he brings his system optimization background to bear, making sure the business remains as fiscally sound as it is ecologically healthy. He has presented his work to audiences including NYU Stern Business School; Central European University; Northeast Organic Farming Association (NOFA); Slow Money; Barcelona’s Smart City World Expo; MAHA Agriculture Conference in Malaysia; The American Farm School in Thesaloniki, Greece; numerous Northeastern Horticultural Societies, and has been a guest expert on dozens of panels and university classes. He has taught urban agriculture courses in multiple cities in North America, and a course in the Environmental Studies department at New York University (NYU).
This class will take place in our indoor loft classroom located on the 11th floor of Building 3 in the Brooklyn Navy Yard. Detailed directions can be found by following the link below.