Fall KCC Urban Farm Classes


Urban Farmers at Kingsborough, Brooklyn, NY

Are you curious about organic gardening? Do you want to learn about organic gardening on an urban farm from professionals? You don’t have to be an enrolled student to take classes at Kingsborough! These classes are offered through the Office of Continuing EducationCall 718-368-5050 to register today!



Intro to Organic Vegetable Gardening
Tuesdays, 5:30-8:30pm, September 9 – October 28, 2014
Course code: NHB 08
$100 + $15 materials fee

This course covers all of the basics of urban gardening from soil to seed to table. Learn how to grow edible crops organically, start plants from seed, manage pests, and more at KCC Urban Farm. Students will gain skills in soil conditioning, crop planning, composting, planting, and harvesting to get on their way to producing their own fresh herbs, greens, fruits, and vegetables. This course also covers finding land for gardening in NYC and building a garden from scratch.

Advanced Organic Vegetable Gardening
Saturdays, 11am-2pm, September 13 – November 1, 2014
Course code: NHB 60
$100 + $15 materials fee

Prepare yourself for the 2015 growing season this fall at KCC Urban Farm. This class is for students who have taken Intro to Vegetable Gardening or who have some experience gardening already. Class will be a hands-on immersion into growing food organically, with lots of hands-on practice at KCC Urban Farm and communal space to grow your own fresh produce. We will go deeper into soil science, propagation, crop planning, plant care, harvesting, pest management, and botany, leaving students confident and well-equipped to grow small-scale vegetable gardens. This course will also cover season-extension and seed-saving.



August Job Fairs

It’s that time of the month again: Job Fairs! Here’s a listing of job fairs and career-related events  happening in New York City throughout the month of August:

Upcoming Fairs/Workshops/Events*:

CEWD at Kingsborough continues to offer a number of trainings throughout the month of June. Check out the Northeast Resiliency ConsortiumCUNY CareerPATH and Project Rise pages for more information about upcoming programs.

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Open House at CEWD

The Center for Economic and Workforce Development is having a Career Training Open House on Tuesday, August 12th at 9:30am at Kingsborough Community College, 2001 Oriental Blvd, V219 Refreshments will be served!

Are you interested in a career in the food industry? Maybe a career as a Community Health Worker? At this open house, you’ll get information about (and even sign up for!) our affordable career training programs, CUNY CareerPATH and the Northeast Resiliency Consortium. In addition to career-specific training, our programs offer FREE supportive services including career advice, resume and cover letter assistance, job placement assistance, academic advisement and so much more! 


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Sick Leave in NYC

I was given this on my way in to work this morning:


Sick Leave Law pamphlet, NYC

This new sick leave law, which kicks in on July 30th:

  • Applies to working more than 80 hours a year.
  • You can earn up to 40 hours a year (1 hour for every 30 hours worked). Accrual began on April 1, 2014 for existing employees.
  • Your leave will be paid if your employer has 5, or more, employees and unpaid if under 5.
  • If paid, you will receive your regular hourly rate (not less than minimum wage–$8/hr).
  • Applies to f/t, p/t, undocumented, transitional workers and family workers.

Visit the NYC Department of Consumer Affairs website to get the full details.


Produce Distribution at KCC Urban Farm


KCC Urban Farm produce distribution. Brooklyn, NY


Kingsborough students, did you know you can get free Farm-fresh produce every Thursday this summer! In addition to produce distribution, these events will also host cooking demonstrations that showcase some of what is being given out. Free food AND we tell you what to do with it! Can it get much better?

Note: this distribution is open to KCC students, only. If you’re not currently a student, sign up for one of our summer classes or check in for future Continuing Education classes that are held year round.


CEWD Summer Information Sessions


CEWD is not taking a vacation this summer! We will be holding information sessions for our 3 workforce training programs:

At Project Riseinformation sessions are being held every Tuesday from now through August.

Kingsborough’s CUNY CareerPATH is holding information sessions for our Food and Beverage program. They will be held every Monday and Wednesday from mid-July through the beginning of September.

The Northeast Resiliency Consortium will be holding information sessions for both our Community Health Worker and Culinary Arts training programs every Monday and Wednesday from mid-July through the beginning of September.

If you’re interested in any of these programs, contact us today! Click on the “information session” links above to fill out a quick survey specific to each program. A knowledgeable representative will contact you to determine your eligibility and sign you up for an information session.

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Cooperative Businesses

A story out of WNYC this morning highlights the emergence of worker cooperatives. Within these businesses, member-owners participate in democratic-style decisions that gives workers greater control over business decisions that directly effect them. According to the US Federation of Worker Cooperatives, cooperative businesses “provide better working conditions and wages for typically low-wage work, and increase household wealth for low-income workers.” The New York City Network of Worker Cooperatives has a listing of 40 cooperatives in the New York City area, ranging from webdesign and production to food services, clothing shops, bookkeeping to law services. 

You can listen to WNYC’s report here: Working Without a Boss for Better Wages.


July Job Fairs and Career Events

Don’t let the heat get you down! Here’s a listing of job fairs and career-related events  happening in New York City throughout the month of July:

Upcoming Fairs/Workshops/Events*:

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