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Soil Unearthed: Basic Science, Profound Implications

  • Brooklyn Grange Clinton Avenue & Flushing Avenue Brooklyn, NY 11205 (map)

Event Description: 
Maybe you're a community gardener, an aspiring farmer, a school garden educator or someone who's curious about how soil regeneration can help save the world! If not any of these, you are an eater - a consumer - and depend on soil to live! Join longtime urban farmer and Farm School NYC's Growing Soils teacher for a 2-hour deep dive into the complex and inspiring world of minerals and living organisms at work beneath our feet. Healthy soil is the source of nutrient, root anchorage, and water for the plants we eat, use medicinally, or enjoy as flowers.  

In this lecture, you'll learn about the basic components of soil (living and inert), and how soil's natural processes can be supported by us to grow healthy food, flowers and herbs. Some basic concepts to be covered in this introductory class are: soil's physical chemical properties, including texture, structure, and pH; how and when to cultivate soil to maintain soil's health and to produce as much food / herbs / flowers as possible; a compost micro lesson; soil testing 101; risks for toxicity in urban soils and regeneration of soil; and resources for learning more about soil! 

Molly Culver works as Farm and Flower Production Manager at The Youth Farm in Crown Heights, where she leads a Farming Intensive Certification for adults; to date, she has helped certify 40 beginning farmers! She has also taught the Propagation and Growing Soils courses at Farm School NYC since 2011. She holds a Certificate in Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems from University of California-Santa Cruz, and also managed 2+ acres of certified organic farmland and greenhouses in Watsonville, CA for 2 years. Molly has worked with many New York City greening organizations, including GreenThumb, Green Guerillas, Earth Matter NY and Just Food. To support herself as an urban farmer and teacher, she founded Molly Oliver Flowers, a sustainable floral design company. Molly believes in the transformative power of learning to grow your own food as a catalyst for dynamic personal growth and radical and imperative social change. Her work as an urban farmer, slow flowers activist and sustainable florist has been featured inThe New York Times, BUST Magazine, Modern Farmer Magazine, the Slow Flowers podcast, Heritage Radio Network, ECO Cult and other publications. 

This class will take place in our indoor loft space directly below our Brooklyn Farm. Detailed directions can be found by following the link below. 

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