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Farmer for a Day: Hands-On Rooftop Farming Workshop, Long Island City

  • Brooklyn Grange 37-18 Northern Boulevard Long Island City, NY, 11101 United States (map)

Event Description
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 Long Island City Farm Manager Seth Johnson’s shoes and get your hands dirty working the (rooftop) land.

By early September the farm is in full bloom 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 Brooklyn is more convenient for you - we’ve got good news! We’re offering the same workshop at our farm in the Brooklyn Navy Yard on Sunday, August 25th. Check it out here.

Seth Johnson comes from a long line of Southern farmers. He began his tenure under the watchful eye of his Grandmother–Nonnie, as she was called–whose hobby farm he helped tend, growing corn, peas, squash, and even raising donkeys. So, it was a natural progression when he began experimenting with cooking in High School, and came as no surprise when he enrolled at the International Culinary Center in 2010. From there, Seth made his way from downtown hotspot Tipsy Parson, to the kitchens at Google Headquarters, and worked at Corbin Hill Food Project in Harlem, teaching cooking and canning classes for their CSA. But the field called to him, and before long he found himself volunteering at Stonebarns Center. There, he rekindled his love for working outside, growing the vegetables that he had become so adept at cooking, and yearned to change the way people ate by committing himself to a career in farming.

So, in 2016 he followed his passion for growing fresh, healthy food for his NYC community and joined the team at Brooklyn Grange. He has never looked back, finding deep fulfillment in sharing the farm with friends and family by cooking meals for them composed of produce he himself grew. When he’s not dancing his way through a rainy harvest to a Donna Summer song, or sharing a batch of traditional Southern baked goods with grateful fellow farmers, he can be found pressing flowers, pickling okra, or refurbishing a cast iron skillet to add to his collection.


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 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. 

Earlier Event: September 7
Farm Tour | Long Island City
Later Event: September 8
Farm Tour | Sunset Park