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.
If you’re planning on bringing your class to KCC Urban Farm more than once throughout the semester, consider applying for a class bed!
Class beds are 8’x4′ raised beds at KCC Urban Farm that will be available for research and classes that go beyond what we already offer. Download or fill out the application form below for faculty, staff, and students interested in applying for space. We are looking forward to reading proposals from a variety of disciplines that will help us expand the reach of the Farm in creative and thoughtful ways.
Applications for class beds for Spring and Summer 2015 semesters are due February 13, 2015. Contact Mara at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Need some ideas? Here are some that have been done in the past!
A culinary professor brought his students out nearly every week to watch how the changing season affected the availability of produce. They harvested herbs and vegetables to cook in class.
A biology professor brought her students to the class bed in groups of 2-3 for hands-on practice after class
A BEH Link class between English and Sociology used a class bed to reinforce ideas learned about Food Systems in class: seeds and seed-saving, access to healthy food, seasonality and local vs. conventional food systems, etc.
Here are some more ideas:
Design and implement an experiment! Can we grow more nutritious vegetables than what we can find in supermarkets? How does the biodiversity found on the farm compare to that found around campus? What’s the most effective organic fertilizer? What are some best practices for pest management?
Bring your class every other week to plant seeds and carry them through to harvest. While they’re on the farm, they can observe seasonal changes to harvest, flora, and fauna, or host small group discussions about our food system. At the end of the semester, the students can harvest what they’ve grown and share a meal!
At KCC Urban Farm, we farm using organic growing practices. In organic agricultural systems, diversity is the key to a farm’s balanced ecosystem—and key to healthy, nutrient-dense yields. In place of using synthetic pesticides, herbicides and chemical fertilizers, we rely on a variety of soil microbes, insects, plants, animals, weather conditions and farmers to keep our farm growing.
The images in this collection serve to reveal the wide array of activities and life on KCC Urban Farm. From images of microbes to photos of sowing seeds, harvesting crops, turning compost piles, insect eggs and more, these images represent the diversity and cycles of life that define organic agriculture.
Five varieties of greens
Volunteers preparing seed bed
KCC Urban Farm beets
Spring at KCC Urban Farm
Volunteer clears bed for new planting
Rainbow of cherry tomatoes
Urban Farming class
March early seed planting
Volunteers compost food scraps
KCC Urban Farm cucumbers
KCC CUlinary Arts class spinach harvest
KCC Urban Farm crew members
KCC Urban Farm carrots
Flowers to attract beneficial inscets
KCC Urban Farm early summer
Jalapeno peppers for bottled hot sauce
Crew member sowing seeds
Preparing salad greens for KCC Food Pantry donation
The City University of New York (CUNY) represents diversity, culture, education, freedom, and hope for many students in NYC. Most importantly the purpose of this video is to empower and promote student rights for all.
**Disclaimer: Audio inspired by Pharrell William’s “Happy”. We do not own any copyrights to this song.
Curious about the tech industry in New York City? The Association for a Better New York (ABNY), Citi, Google and NYTechMeetup (NYTM) joined with HR&A Advisors to analyze the what makes up New York City’s tech ecosystem and how this ecosystem interacts with the city.
According to the report, this tech ecosystem is comprised of tech workers in tech industries (think programmers at Google), non-tech workers in tech industries (think customer service reps at Google) and tech workers in non-tech industries (think web developers at Bank of America).
A few snapshots from the report:
The tech ecosystem is made up of over 290,000 jobs, or 7% of NYC’s working population.
$125 billion in spending is generated by NYC tech.
Employment has grown by 18% within the ecosystem, compared to 12% overall economy growth in New York and 4% nationally.
Almost 50% of jobs don’t require a Bachelor’s Degree and these jobs tend to pay 45% more than jobs with the same educational requirements in other industries.
This is a very interesting read; I highly suggest taking a look.
You’ve probably heard mention of Common Core lately. It’s the new standard of learning for K-12 education in the US, which sets academic standards in math and literacy, and has just been accepted by New York. From the Common Core website: “The standards were created to ensure that all students graduate from high school with the skills and knowledge necessary to succeed in college, career, and life, regardless of where they live.”
The TASC®, the new alternative to the GED® in New York, has begun a gradual alignment with Common Core Standards with full integration by 2016. But what does that mean for adults who left school before Common Core was introduced? At Kingsborough’s Project Rise, administrators and instructors have been attending training through the Young Adult Initiative and the Youth Development Institute specifically geared toward Common Core implementation as it pertains to TASC®, acquiring any and all material they can to help students prepare. From preparation resources to practice tests, Project Rise participants of all ages will be prepared for the new test. As for TASC®, they have posted a small resource guide for learners who want to know more.
If you are interested in learning more about Kingsborough’s Project Rise, visit us on the blog, or contact us at 718.368.6600 or ProjectRise@kbcc.cuny.edu.
If you’re interested in signing up for either of these information sessions, please call us at 718.368.4637 or fill out our online survey and an NRC representative will tell you everything you need to know.
“Grit,” the latest educational buzzword, has been popping all over the place recently. This morning an NPR segment about the learning of grit talked about different schools/institutions that are incorporating grit, by way of determination at the face of defeat, into their curriculum. From charter schools to reports from the DOE, grit is making a presence. It’s often seen as the skills that surround formal education and how these skills help more students (and young adults, for our purposes) succeed as they leave primary and secondary education.
For our purposes, grit can find its way into the workforce at many different angles. Call up the histories of recent innovators and you’ll see people whose early careers were met with major setbacks, but who didn’t allow defeat and continued on to high levels of success—think of Steve Jobs who was ousted from the very company he created. Grit appears as job-seekers continue to search despite months of rejection, not accepting negative self-talk, and developing new systems to stay appealing to potential employers. I’m curious to see how concepts of grit will officially make their way into formal education and how this teaching will play out in the long run.
Curious about what a career in medical assisting means? Take a look at this great graphic coming from NYC LMIS as part of CUNY CareerPATH to show inquiring students where this career path can lead.
“Working under the supervision of a physician or nurse, medical assistants perform a combination of administrative and clinical functions. Clinical students may include taking vital signs, drawing blood and preparing patients for examinations. Administrative duties may include scheduling, maintaining records and billing and coding for insurance.”