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Are you or someone you know someone interested in using learner-centered education to work with communities, especially in urban farms and gardens? Complete this brief application by Friday, 11/28 (if you did not apply to Farm School NYC this fall) to receive a link to register for one of only 25 spots.  We won’t offer this class again until next December!

Course Description

This 5-session, 21-hour course explores popular education methods, emphasizing the concepts of learner-centered teaching and hands-on, participatory learning. Students will explore various styles of learning, and practice planning, designing and leading an effective workshop in a farm, garden or other growing-related community setting.Training of Trainers is one of Farm School NYC’s foundational courses, the basis of all of our subsequent coursework. This course will be held twice weekly, on Wednesday evenings and Saturday mornings/afternoons, and co-taught by Greg Anderson and Owen Taylor.  Read our instructors’ bios.



Class Schedule

  • Wednesday, December 3, 6-9pm
  • Saturday, December 6, 10am-2pm
  • Wednesday, December 10, 6-9pm
  • Saturday, December 13, 10am-6pm
  • Wednesday, December 17, 6-9pm
Greg Anderson
Greg Anderson
Owen Taylor

The 12/3, 12/13 and 12/17 classes are required in order to complete the course.


Farm School NYC offers classes on a sliding scale depending on household income. Our 5-session Training of Trainers course tuition ranges from $110 – $330. Check theregistration page to determine what level of payment you qualify for. Please be as generous as possible to help support Farm School at this transitional time.


Scholarships cover registration fees, which include breakfast and lunch (transportation, travel, and dinners are not included). Each scholarship recipient will be assigned a work shift to be completed leading up to or during their time at the Winter Conference.

All applications must be received by 11:59pm on December 1st, 2014, via the online form here:

More information about the NOFA-NY Winter Conference is available at

High Tunnel School: Best Management Practices for New High Tunnel Growers

This program is targeted for commercial growers new to high tunnels. NRCS cooperating farms are particularly encouraged to attend.
All who are interested in improving their crop yield, quality, and profitability by using high tunnels are welcome.

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Tuesday December 2, 2014
Civil Defense Center
7220 State Route 54 Bath, NY
10-3:00 pm
$25 includes lunch and materials
Register by Nov 26 at:

Thursday December 4, 2014
CCE Dutchess County
2715 Route 44 Millbrook, NY
10-3:00 pm
$30 includes lunch and materials
Register by Nov 30 at:

Speakers include:

  • Judson Reid, Cornell Vegetable Program
  • Amy Ivy, Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program
  • Grower Panel

Sponsored by Cornell Cooperative Extension, the Cornell Vegetable Program and the Eastern NY Commercial Horticulture Program. For more information contact Amy Ivy at .

A new series of videos, called “The Science of Soil Health,” is designed to provide new insight into how to improve soil health while benefiting the environment and lowering production costs. The series includes interviews with some of the nation’s leading experts in soil biology, agronomy, entomology, and soil ecology. The whole video series can be viewed on the USDA-NRCS website.

The theme for the conference is “Soil: The Root of the Movement,” and to highlight the importance of soil we are excited that Wes Jackson, founder and President of the Land Institute will be the keynote speaker. The work of the Land Institute is to address the issues of soil loss and degradation, ecosystem destruction, and high energy use associated with agriculture. Our 2015 NOFA-NY Farmers of the Year are Mary-Howell and Klaas Martens. Mary-Howell and Klaas Martens farm 1400 acres of organic corn, soybeans, small grains (wheat, spelt, barley, oats, triticale, heritage grains), dark red kidney beans, and edamame soybeans. They have been farming organically since 1993. Additionally, they own and operate Lakeview Organic Grain, an organic feed and seed business serving the needs of Northeast organic farmers. Find more information and register here.

When: January 23 to 25, 2015

Where: Saratoga Springs Hilton: 534 Broadway, Saratoga Springs, New York 12866