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SOLD OUT- Urban Soils 101: Basic Science and Practical Approaches for Beginning Gardeners

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

This event is SOLD OUT. Please visit our upcoming events calendar for other great opportunities to visit the farm!

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, and depend on healthy soil to survive. 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. 

In this workshop, you'll learn about the basic components of soil, 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 in The New York Times, BUST Magazine, Modern Farmer Magazine, the Slow Flowers podcast, Heritage Radio Network, ECO Cult and other publications. 


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.