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A Slice of Farm Life: Mount Compost

By Benjamin Hanon, KCC Urban Farm student aide10559659_777328102289207_4604875111502288765_n


Today’s story is about turning our compost pile, with the help of the nice folks over at the Liberty Partnerships Program at Kingsborough.

In the deepest depths of the kingdom of Kingsborough’s Urban Farm, towards the T1 building and behind the student beds lies the mysterious Mount Compost. Rumor has it that this mountain is made of garden waste and the bodies of fruits and vegetables that never get eaten. They say that mysterious figures wearing sun hats and farm clothes add to the mountain every week. It is believed that otherworldly forces transform this plant matter into soil. I know the truth. Mount Compost is made of much more than just the bodies of our fallen plant brethren. Mount Compost is composed of a network of of Bacteria, Fungi, and Protists that digest plant matter and convert it into the rich soil that we use on the farm.

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Farm Hands

By Lilja Walter, KCC Urban Farm student aide11222936_1021180417903973_6387449318426881408_o

Every day I look at the progression of the tan on my arms. I trace over the marks and splotches that the plants have bestowed upon my epidermal layer. They are the gentle kisses that the farm leaves behind after a hard days labor. On the train I am wrapped in my cozy dirt blanket. The light dusting protects all of my exposed parts from the cold train car, allowing me to rest rather than shiver. As I am lulled into sleep I admire the soil locked behind my fingernails. I feel my fingers worming through the land as I try to free my loves from the saboteur weeds stealing their nutrients.

I dig my arms deeper into the soil.

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CEWD’s Presentation at CUNY IT

CEWD at the CUNY IT ConferenceOn Thursday, December 4th, 2014 CEWD presented at the 13th Annual CUNY IT Conference at John Jay College. The presentation was moderated by Dr. Edgar Troudt, CEWD Director of Technology, with speakers including Christopher Pileggi, Min-Kyung Park, Gillian Gooding, Christine Zagari-LoPorto and Jessie Cinelli (read our full bios here).  Workforce Development Supported by Strategic IT Investments detailed our multi-faceted use of technology that supports CEWD’s many programs and initiatives.  

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Event Planning with NYIT

Are you interested in becoming a Wedding Planner. The New York Institute of Technology, Global Center for Hospitality Management, a CEWD affiliate school, is hosting a Bridal Society course in Wedding Planning. Current CEWD students will receive a discount, so sign up today. Registration information is in the flyer below.


CUNY is Happy!

Celebrate a HAPPY Friday with CUNY:

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.

May Job Fairs and Events in NYC

A little late, but it’s better than nothing, right? Here’s a listing of job/career-related events happening in New York City throughout the month of May:

Upcoming Fairs/Workshops/Events*:

  • May 7, 2014 12:30p-2:00p—Job Searching Skills Seminar, Career Thinker, Inc @ the Grand Central Library, 135 E. 46th St, 2nd Fl, NYC
  • May 8, 2014 6:30p-8:30p—Roundtable–Jobs in Fashion @ Hive 55, 55 Broad St, NYC
  • May 13, 2014 11:00a-2:00p—New York Career Fair @ Holiday Inn Manhattan, 440 W. 57th St, NYC
  • May 15, 2014 6:30p-9:30p—Homebrew NYC Tech Job Fair @ 184 5th Ave, 4th Fl NYC
  • May 21, 2014 11:00a-2:00p—National Career Fairs @ Radisson Martinique, 49 W. 32nd St., NYC
  • May 21, 2014 2:30p-4:30p—LinkedIn for Job Seekers @ the New York Public Library, Columbus Location, 742 10th Ave (@51st St), NYC
  • May 22, 2014 11:00a-3:00p—Veteran Career Fair @ the New Yorker Hotel, 481 8th Ave, NYC (this event is for veterans. Please visit their website before you attend).
  • May 28, 2014 1:00p-3:00p—WorkSearch Orientation @ the New York Public Library, Science, Industry and Business Library, 188 Madison Ave (@ 34th St), NYC. (this event is geared for 40+ job seekers. Visit the above website for more information).

The Center for Economic and Workforce Development at Kingsborough is offering a number of trainings throughout the summer, and beyond! Check out the Northeast Resiliency Consortium, CUNY CareerPATH and Project Rise pages for more information about upcoming programs.

Before heading to any event, check out some of our earlier posts that provide tips on compiling your resume, building your professional social media presence, and preparing for career fairs and interviews.

Links below include events that are open to the public and provide both trainings and business-specific recruitment events:

*Check with sponsors/locations to verify event details. 

**This is not the most comprehensive list. If you are sponsoring an event and would like it mentioned on our site, please leave a comment and we’ll make sure it is listed in upcoming posts. 

Common Core and the TASC

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.

Eat Real Food

Eating real food sounds simple enough, right? Mark Bittman with the New York Times pulled me in with his cleverly titled “Butter is Back” op-ed. Following a recent study that questions the link between saturated fat and heart disease, Bittman targets ultra-processed foods, hitting on the use of unhealthy unsaturated fats, antibiotic-laden processed foods and environmentally unsustainable farming practices. Basically, we’re losing our connection to food:

“Many things have gone awry with the way we produce food. And it isn’t just the existence of junk food but the transformation of ingredients we could once take for granted or thought of as “healthy.””


tomatillos, KCC Urban Farm, Brooklyn, NY

While we don’t have animals (this article focuses on the consumption of meat), the KCC Urban Farm uses hands-on, experiential learning to teach students about local and global food systems and to re-engage students with healthy, environmentally conscious eating. We hope to soon have an online resource for environmentally sustainable, healthy eating, so stay tuned! In the meantime, please feel free to email (KCCurbanfarm@kbcc.cuny.edu) or call us (718.368.6578) to get more information.


April Job Fairs/Events in NYC

It’s almost April! Can you believe it? Here’s April’s update of job/career-related events happening around the city. Don’t forget to check out some of our older posts to get tips on compiling your resume, building your professional social media presence, and preparing for career fairs and interviews.

Upcoming Fairs/Workshops/Events*:


*Check with sponsors/locations to verify event details. 

**This is not the most comprehensive list. If you are sponsoring an event and would like it mentioned on our site, please leave a comment and we’ll make sure it is listed in upcoming posts. 

Minimum Wage Increase New York

Along with a dozen other states, New York is set to increase the minimum wage on January 1st from $7.25/hr to $8.00/hr (with plans to raise to $9.00/hr by 2015). While national discussion is largely focused on a possible federal increase, on a local level, this increase will have a significant effect on thousands of New Yorkers. Since 2009, the last wage increase for the state, the cost of living in New York has steadily increased: rent stabilized apartments have risen each year, between 2.5 and 8% (depending on 1- or 2-year leases); the cost of a single ride on the subway has increased by $0.50, not counting the steep increases to unlimited cards and the addition of a fee for every new metrocard purchase; and basic grocery items continue to rise. According to the Fiscal Policy Institute, the upcoming wage increases will significantly effect on younger adults with hourly-paid jobs who clock in 20+ hours a week and don’t currently have a college degree. In addition to the overall economic boosts that come from wage increases (people putting that extra money back into the economy by way of spending), we can’t help but think that a portion of the population might use those extra funds towards either valuable skills training or higher education.

Are you one of the thousands that will be effected by this increase? Have you decided where your extra money will go?