Opportunities & Events

Online Urban Environmental Education Course, Cornell University

Online Climate Resilience Course for Farmers

Evolution Education Teacher Fellows

Jason’s National Educator’s Conference

The Story of Stuff Campaigns (students can get involved)

Just Food Conference Volunteers Needed Our annual Just Food Conference is fast approaching and we are currently building our 2018 Volunteer Team. Volunteers play an integral part of the conference and we want you to be a part of it! We have many opportunities for you to showcase your knowledge and expertise. The 2018 Just Food Conference will take place in Teacher’s College at Columbia University on Sunday, March 25th from 8am – 8pm.  Our theme this year is “Persist/Resist!”

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Non-Profit Fundraising Training The Food Systems Leadership Network is offering a free Non-Profit Boot Camp eLearning Series focused onstrengthening the fundamentals of food-focused, non-profit, community based organizations.

Each three-week course consists of three, 30-minute webinars immediately followed by a group office hours session on Zoom. Course participants are then eligible for free one-on-one coaching and consulting from the trainer.

March: Fundraising Fundamentals The second course in Non-Profit Boot Camp series, Fundraising Fundamentals with Diana Abellera and Aimee Retzler, begins Wednesday March 7th at 3pm EST with “Thinking Through Your Development Plan.” This course will help small to mid-sized organizations in understanding development strategies, including creating fundraising plans, staffing, and raising funds across diverse revenue streams.

April: Outcomes-Based HR In April, we’ll be joined by Peggy da Silva, an expert in staff development and training systems specific to food systems organizations, for the Outcomes-Based HR Course. Be sure to register for this 3-week course here.


Research Inquiry

I’m doing some background research on educational farm models supported by school districts. Do you know of a school district that has an educational “farm” component? (Farm can be broadly defined, with different elements: hoophouses, hydroponics, aquaponics, nontraditional farming, etc) and utilize many different kinds of partnerships. This could also be a collection of district-supported growing spaces at individual schools. I’m specifically looking for district-wide initiatives- rather than individual school gardens- where the growing spaces are used in the educational curriculum in cross-disciplinary ways (and may also be used for career/workforce training). The focus needs to be on education and experiential learning, rather than production farming. The actual size of the growing space(s) is not important. Please send your examples to me!

Nadja Berneche
Healthy Comprehensive Planning
Terra Soma, LLC
Change. For good.

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Grants, awards, etc,

2018 NYC DOE School Wellness Campaign Contest (DEADLINE: March 19)

Community Conversations Research Competition (so, this may not seem related, but as I looked at it, I totally see school/community gardens as part of the civic environment as they relate to community concerns. That said,  you need to find a higher ed partner, but wow, what an opportunity-P.S…I would be happy to jump on this as a partner, representing this network…just saying!)
Bayer Foundation (note that schools are not eligible)
POST TO WIN A PIZZA PARTY! Zero Wast Schools (DEADLINE: March 16)
Post a picture of your Green Team in action on the Zero Waste Schools website for a chance to win. Don’t have an account? Signing up is easy. View our short video for step by step sign up instructions. You will be posting–and maybe winning–in no time! Win a pizza party for your Green Team or class and Zero Waste Schools pencils for your school. To win prizes, post a picture of recycling efforts in your school that go above and beyond the usual daily routines. Tag your entry #AboveAndBeyond.
GROW NYC Spring 2018 Green Team Mini-Grants!  (Deadline: March 23)
The New York City Department of Sanitation and Citizens Committee for New York City are awarding up to $500 to school green teams! Grants must be used for green team expenses such as recycling and garden projects, t-shirts/uniforms, school sustainability events, and eco-friendly giveaways. Preference will be given to recycling or waste related projects. All K-12 public schools are encouraged to apply! See the application and budget guidelines for more details. For any questions, email schools@dsny.nyc.gov.
Sign up for a workshop where you can also learn how to apply for a 20K grant!
Teachers in grades 6-12 who want to increase student climate literacy are invited to register for a workshop presented by the National Wildlife Federation (NWF) and partners as part of the NYCDOE’s Spring STEM Institute, April 3-5, 2018.
Participants will learn about how to apply for a $20,000 School Climate Solutions Challenge grant from NWFREGISTER FOR SESSION ST20 BY MARCH 16th HERE
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Some gardening decor up for grabs

This was announced on a list that I am on. Very cool. You can contact Robin Koo directly at  robin@teachingbeyondthesquare.org. You can mention my name.

Hi everyone,

I work at a materials center where we collect all kinds of things that are normally discarded from design and architectural firms, and we happen to have A LOT of stone and ceramic tile samples that are sitting heavy and taking up valuable space. I was wondering if anyone would want them for some kind of garden border or other use? Free if you come pick up! They range in size from 3″ to 10″ in squares and rectangles. Email me if you’d like photos or would like more information. You’re welcome to stop by on Mondays from 1:30-5:30pm during our open, public hours: 197 East Broadway, Studio A – The Materials Center on the mezzanine floor of Manny Cantor Center.

Looking forward to spring planting!



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GROW to Learn Mini-grant

Application due Friday! Great grant opportunity…I know…got a few.


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Bubble Foundation Seeks Partners

Help Bubble find new school partners!

The Bubble Foundation is excited to announce the launch of its application process for new school partners in the 2018/19 school year. Help us find amazing schools to work with next school year! More details are below and in the attached documents. **Applications for partnership with Bubble are due April 13.**

Bubble’s Work in Schools: Bubble partners with underserved schools free of charge to incorporate strong wellness programming and policies into their curriculum and culture. We build the foundation for healthy schools that empower healthy kids. This includes our pre-K and elementary programming in cooking and nutrition (EATS), gardening (GROWS), and fitness (MOVES). See the attached document for more information on Bubble.

Application Process: Submit an application for partnership by April 13th. Eligible school candidates receive Title I funding (targeted or schoolwide), demonstrate an existing commitment to wellness, and serve elementary grades only (pre-K through 5). Applications require: 1) Identification of Bubble Wellness Circle members in your school, and 2) Completed online application. Bubble also performs site visits with strong school candidates before making a decision on partnership.

Online Application

Word Document Version of Application

If you have any questions regarding partnership with Bubble, please reach out to Ryann Dear, Program Manager, at ryann@welcometobubble.org.

Ryann Dear
Program Manager | Bubble Foundation
c: (641) 740-7290
Pronouns: she/her/hers

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Deputy Director of Street Tree Planting

Strategic Partnership Manager, Compassion in World Farming (Remote!)


Seasonal Education Coordinator

Background:  The Governors Island Teaching Garden is a 21,000-square foot
urban farm that aims to engage, excite, and educate New York City public
school students and the public in all aspects of urban farming, environmental
sustainability, green infrastructure, and healthy eating. Through
developmentally appropriate, experiential and educational programming,
students and the public participate in activities such as planting, watering,
weeding, mulching, harvesting, and cooking.
Position Description: GrowNYC is seeking an enthusiastic individual with
strong experience in garden-based education to join the Teaching Garden team
within GrowNYC’s Greening Program. Reporting to the Program Manager, the
Education Coordinator will be responsible for overseeing the Teaching Garden’s
school and public programming and the curricula and materials that support
these.  Applicants should have experience in urban agriculture and
sustainability, environmental education, and be comfortable working outdoors
in all conditions and with people of all ages and abilities. The successful
candidate will be a capable self-starter, willing and excited to grow existing
initiatives, develop new ideas, and expand the Teaching Garden’s offerings.
PRIMARY DUTIES (70% of time):
1. Recruit and schedule schools, summer camps, and senior tours for
weekday structured and self-guided programing.
2. Act as the primary contact for teachers and counselors bringing groups
to the Teaching Garden.
3. Lead regular hands-on garden-based lessons for visiting K-12 NYC
public school students, campers, and senior citizens.
4. Direct and train Garden Educators for weekly programing and curriculum
5. Coordinate daily site prep each morning and site clean-up/breakdown
each afternoon
6. Document field trip outcomes and impacts through teacher and student
evaluations, surveys, and tracking
7. Develop and implement creative grade-level lesson plans, activities,
and recipes for school field trips.
8. Assist with management and training of individual garden volunteers,
and co-lead weekly corporate volunteer events in the Teaching Garden,
(activities include bed building, watering, weeding, and painting).
9. Restock educational and culinary materials and track expenses up to
budgeted amount.
SECONDARY DUTIES (30% of time):
1. With the guidance of the Farm Coordinator, participate in all aspects
of intensive organic vegetable production: planning, planting, harvesting,
record-keeping, pest/weed control, irrigation, and compost management.
2. Assist with public outreach through weekly social media updates
3. Meet regularly with Greening Program Director and staff
4. Partner with other GrowNYC educational initiatives on programming and
Additional Qualifications:
● Knowledge of sustainable agriculture and urban sustainability
● Experience teaching youth and/or adults in a farm or garden setting
● Familiarity with the NYC school system
● Strong skills in program administration, communication and time
● Experience supervising staff and/or volunteers and working with
diverse communities
● Willingness to be in outdoor settings in hot/cold/rainy weather
● Familiarity with current software technologies and social media;
preferred knowledge in Excel, Quickbooks, and/or data management system
● Ability to work weekends on an occasional basis
● Ability to commit for the duration of the 2018 season (March-November)
● Basic gardening and carpentry skills a plus
● Ability to stand and walk for extended periods, and carry bulky and
heavy items
● Valid New York State Driver’45s License preferred
Position Details: This is a seasonal position (March 8th through November
16th). Hours may vary slightly, but in general will be Monday to Friday, 35
hours a week. Some weekend work may be required. Compensation is $18/hr and
includes only statutory benefits.
Please email resume, cover letter, and three references to:
Combine all submissions into one PDF and write “Teaching Garden Education
Coordinator” in the subject line. No phone calls please. GrowNYC is an Equal
Opportunity Employer.
Farm Internship
We are creating a 250 acre diversified farm in the Harlem Valley which will be
a center for rural and agrarian learning. Our mission is to create a place
where people can have transformational learning experiences grounded in shared
work and shared food. The homestead is centered on a beautiful working farm
bordered by forested hills, pasture, a renowned trout river, and the
Appalachian trail. Our agricultural production will be integrated with our
educational workshops, programs, food served on site, farm stays, retreats,
and events. Our farm will include livestock on pasture and organic vegetables,
berries, fruits, flowers, maple syrup, honey, mushrooms and more.
We are entering our third year on the land while expanding and developing our
current agricultural operations which include our beef herd, a small,
intensively managed veggie garden and mushroom production. We will be
introducing medicinal herbs, bees, perennial plantings, improving farm
infrastructure and more over the next few months. We may also host educational
opportunities for people to come and learn from us while we establish new
During 2018 we will be undergoing significant restoration on the farm. We are
looking for people that can be flexible and adaptive in the midst of a great
deal of movement and change. Clear, skilled communication is very important.
There will often be multiple projects needing attention, and we are looking
for people who are emotionally and organizationally agile in navigating
through complexity with our team.
This is a farm and a start up business. If you are looking to learn from an
established working farm, with slick systems already in place, this is not
that. However, this is a great opportunity for someone looking to gain diverse
experience with aspects of starting farm systems and business from the ground
We are learning a lot, and so will you!
Here are some of the projects we are working on this year that you will
witness and learn from. The focus may shift depending on the needs of the site
and seasonal changes.
– Establishing and maintaining new perennial plantings of berries, medicinal
herbs, fruit/nut trees, and significant land restoration projects
– Rotationally grazing Murray Gray, Belted Galloway, and Angus cattle. This
includes setting up and taking down electrical fence, moving watering systems,
and other cattle related activities. This is a large part of regular work time
spent at HVH.
– Building a greenhouse and other agricultural infrastructure
– Welcoming newborn calves in the spring and summer
– Caring for a flock of pastured egg layers
– Establishing and maintaining a small, intensively managed vegetable garden
– Supporting a small mushroom growing operation and learning about fungi’s
role in the ecosystem
– Establishing honey bee hives and learning about pollination ecology
We Offer:
– Lodging: A lovely, furnished place to stay on a beautiful farm, with
gorgeous river, ponds, the Appalachian trail next door, etc
This is shared lodging and candidates must be able to live in community and
possess flexible, responsible and conscientious attitude.
– Food: Ingredients from the farm. Mostly eggs and veggies. Basic staples
– A monthly stipend
– Time: 2.5 days off to explore the river, the trails, neighboring farms,
research and learn, etc.
– Educational Opportunities: When we run programs, have visiting biologists,
agronomists, etc., we will work to ensure you have a chance to learn from the
experience. We also offer weekly farm focused classes from the HVH team.
You Offer:
-4.5 full workdays to the land each week, plus chore/animal coverage on some
weekends, rotating with other interns
-A commitment from April through October
-Willingness to learn, curiosity, flexibility, and excitement. Good humor
doesn’t hurt either.
Please attach a resume and brief cover letter in one document, along with
answers to a few questions and submit to harlemvalleyhomestead@gmail.com
What do you hope to get out of your experience here, and what are you most
excited about learning?
Are you able to commit to the above?
What special skills or perspectives do you have to bring?
How did you become interested in farming and agriculture?
What conditions help you to thrive?
What conditions don’t?
Is there anything else we should know about working with you?
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Natural Start Alliance February newsletter (early childhood)

Chocolate on path to extinction

Brooklyn students build beaver dams

No children because of climate change? (such an interesting piece…what a fascinating discussion for older students)

Learning for Action (using date for environmental education)

Clean energy jobs growing

Technical school rolls out food bus

Seed starting infographic

Center for Green Schools articles

Being “Out” in the Outdoors

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