Compost Corps and Youth Tillers have been hard at work at our Long Island City farm! These teen interns have been busy harvesting, weeding, prepping beds for planting, and teaching younger students and peers about urban agriculture, sustainability, and ecology up on Brooklyn Grange.
These summer internship programs are exciting new collaborations with Build It Green!NYC and Green Guerillas, and are generously supported by the Greening Western Queens Fund. Youth Tillers and Compost Corps have been teaching and learning on the farm since early July and are getting ready to wrap up for the summer… we will be sad to see them go!
Over the past month, the Youth Tillers and Compost Corps members have gotten their hands dirty with the Aerated Static Pile (ASP) composting system, planted and cared for countless summer crops, and learned all about how the farm works and where the produce goes when it’s ripe! All of our students have learned how to teach visiting groups about the intersections between the environment and our food… it has been quite a busy summer, with energetic young campers visiting every week!
Through the heat wave, rain, and surprisingly chilly days in July, we have watched these students gain confidence as educators as their understanding of natural processes and food production deepened. We are excited to see these young leaders apply what they’ve learned in their communities as ambassadors for sustainability in Western Queens… and beyond!