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 Director of Farming Operations Liz Dowd’s shoes and get your hands dirty working the (rooftop) land.
By the beginning of June the farm is nearly all planted, which means the time is ripe for crop maintenance. 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!
ABOUT LIZ DOWD
Liz Dowd, Director of Farming Operations, oversees all things farming! She spent the last few years growing our CSA program as the Farm Manager of our Long Island City Flagship farm before graduating to two farms, three greenhouses and tons of wholesale. Liz was born in Vermont and raised by homesteaders where she fostered her love of gardening and the outdoors. Upon moving to New York City to study photography, she found that she loved the culture but missed the dirt, and her yearning for soil and seeds led her to the Pfieffer Center, where she studied biodynamics, and NY Open Center, where she dove into urban permaculture. After completing their Adult Urban Farm Training Program, Liz was offered a co-manager position at The Youth Farm, where she found herself energized and inspired by teaching and learning from her cohort, and the challenging discussions about food justice that regularly took place. She continues to be passionate about working with–and for–her community, creating an engaging space where her neighbors can find nourishment, relaxation, and a connection to food, farming, and nature.
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.