Food Justice in the Bronx
We are excited to explore with you launching a new round of training in 2022 around our hydroponic methods and cooperative economics.
We are holding a new member orientation, which is required in order to join our training program, and you are welcome to attend either at the farm on Wednesday, April 27th at 4:30pm or virtually on April 29th at 9am via zoom. Our goal is to start a new cohort on May 7th for 6 weeks, ending on June 11th. Below are topics we will discuss on a weekly basis, the required time, and it has some wiggle room for creativity and spontaneity. ;)
More about our requirements: Each cohort member is required to engage in training for 10 hours each week, with a mix of hours at the farm and remotely. Once training is complete, you graduate from the program and are eligible to become a probationary member of the worker cooperative.
May 7th (Week 1): 75% remote, 25% at the farm this first week is getting familiar with systems. We're not only a farm, we are also a cooperative. You'll learn a lot about our operations, farm, timekeeping, and other systems we are currently using to manage everything.
May 14th (Week 2): 65% remote, 35% at the farm, your second week will be focused on learning more about hydroponics and our standard operating procedures for seeding, harvesting, and distributing our products. You'll continue to spend most of your time reviewing concepts and systems that you are slowly learning how to integrate.
May 21st (Week 3): 35% remote, 65% at the farm, your third-week shifts dramatically to more farm time. Knowing how to farm is the most important skill you can learn. Without farmers, there is no farm.
May 28th (Week 4): 35% remote, 65% at the farm, your fourth week at the farm should now start to feel familiar and you should know how to get around while you are there. This week is a good time to review what you have learned and complete our knowledge survey so we understand what needs to be covered again or strengthened.
June 4th (Week 5): 25% remote, 50% farm, 25% Farmer's Market, your fifth week means you are supporting the farm at the various farmer's markets we are engaged in throughout the week. This will support your deep understanding of microgreens and mushrooms because you will speak with customers and learn how to service their needs.
June 11th (Week 6): 25% remote, 50% farm, 25% Farmer's Market, your last week in the cohort means celebration and recognition of the changes you've made, growing just like the microgreens that you now know exactly how to grow!
Space is limited to 2-4 people, so please RSVP for either session by responding to this email by Tuesday April 26th at 4pm.