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Certificate Programs

Workshop on Wards Island Farm, Randalls Island examining green leaves.Grow More Vegetables Certificate Series

This series is an edible gardening course designed to equip community gardeners, teachers, and city residents with the best organic techniques for growing vegetables safely and effectively, particularly in an urban setting. The program combines instruction in the classroom with hands-on gardening instruction in the field. Consisting of six classes, each student will have the opportunity to design his or her own urban vegetable gardening project as a final component of the course. The projects are open-ended with two main goals: to grow more food and to pass on what you have learned to an identified group in your community. For an application or for more information, call 718.817.8026 or e-mail bronxgreenup@nybg.org. Priority will be given to Bronx community gardeners.

Grow More Vegetables Curriculum Downloads

Created for adult learners, the lesson plans can be adapted for all ages. Click on an individual lesson below to download.

Class Outline 1: Why Grow Food?

Class Outline 2: Seed Starting

Class Outline 3: Soils and Compost

Class Outline 4: Organic Growing Techniques 

Class Outline 5: Organic Growing Techniques II

 

The Underground: Soil Is Alive!

This is a three-part workshop focusing on maintaining and building healthy soil, whether you grow vegetables, trees, or flowers. Learn what soil is, how to enrich it the organic way, and what concerns exist for urban soils. Parts 1 and 2 will take place at The New York Botanical Garden, and Part 3 will be hands-on at a local community garden. Pre-registration is required. Priority will be given to Bronx community gardeners. For more information, call 718.817.8026 or e-mail bronxgreenup@nybg.org.

 

Pruning Certificate Series

This series was designed to help you learn to prune properly and improve your community garden. This course is ideal for community gardeners who want to keep their gardens in good shape while protecting the health of trees. The focus of the class will be on pruning small trees and shrubs, with a full class devoted to fruit tree pruning. To receive a pruning certificate you must attend the four classes listed below and demonstrate your pruning skills through eight hours of practice at community garden workdays. Pre-registration is required. Priority will be given to Bronx community gardeners. To register or for more information, call 718.817.8026 or e-mail bronxgreenup@nybg.org.