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What is it like to be an urban farmer? How does one cultivate crops hundreds of feet above the city streets? In our hands-on farming workshop, you’ll step into Brooklyn Navy Yard Farm Manager Gareth Stacke’s shoes and get your hands dirty working the (rooftop) land.
By mid-August the farm is in full blooms and height of production, which means the time is ripe for crop maintenance, harvest and plantings. There's always plenty of tasks on a farmer's to-do list, from compost flipping to weeding, tomato trellising to bed preparation. Whatever the day entails, there will be plenty of time for a Q+A session, and for the most important part of farmer's checklist - end of day snacks and libations!
Can’t make this date or time? Or perhaps Queens is more convenient for you - we’ve got good news! We’re offering the same workshop at our farm in Long Island City on Sunday, September 8th. Check it out here.
ABOUT GARETH STACKE
Gareth is an experienced vegetable farmer with a passion for community organizing. Born in Santa Cruz, California, he was raised in the Bay Area before moving to Portland, Oregon. From there, he dove straight into farming, beginning as an apprentice at Portland’s Zenger Farm, a 2.3 acre, sustainable vegetable farm. A quick and eager student, Gareth knew he would do well to farm at and learn from as many operations as he could, so he spent the next several years moving from Sauvie Island Organics, a 20-acre CSA farm to Our Table Cooperative, a 7-acre cooperatively owned and managed vegetable operation, ultimately returning to Zenger as co-manager in 2016. Between farming seasons, Gareth planted community orchards across the city through an organization called Portland Fruit Tree Project. All of this thoroughly amused his mother, given that Gareth vehemently hated vegetables as a child.
THIS EVENT WILL TAKE PLACE AT THE BROOKLYN NAVY YARD FARM. DETAILED DIRECTIONS CAN BE FOUND BY FOLLOWING THE LINK BELOW AND WILL BE EMAILED PRIOR TO THE EVENT.
PLEASE NOTE: Unless otherwise specified, Brooklyn Grange will not provide credit or refunds for tickets purchased on our website for a workshop, dining event, yoga class, or tour. Events take place rain or shine. Please understand that buying a ticket to one of our events is no different from buying a concert ticket, theater ticket, or movie ticket. You are always welcome to gift your class to a friend if you cannot make it!
Please let us know if you would like to attend but are unable to do so due to registration fees. We are happy to extend a discount or full scholarship to low income members of our community. If you know an organization or an individual who might be well served by this program, please tell them to reach out to us via email at Events@BrooklynGrangeFarm.com. Brooklyn Grange recognizes that everyone’s situation is unique and we understand that there are circumstances beyond income, but please consider that we have our own bottom line to hit, and an ecosystem whose health depends on the financial sustainability of our organization. Please consider your privilege (ie. education, generational wealth, parental and community support, partnership status and other circumstances that may offer you a safety net which allows more resilience when financial setbacks occur)* before reaching out. Note that we we may ask for proof of income before we are able to make a determination of eligibility.
*Thank you to our friends at Farm School NYC for this language.