Farm School NYC: NYC Food Based Community Organization Spotlight

by Cameron St. Germain

What they do: Farm School NYC educates and empowers New Yorkers to combat hunger and take food justice into their own hands. Through practical skills training, students learn to create their own urban farms and gardens while sowing the seeds of social justice within their communities.

How they do it: Farm School NYC offers urban agriculture training through two certificate programs as well as a wide range of individual courses. Our courses are taught by experts in the field and focus on a wide range of topics from social justice issues, to urban planting techniques, to grassroots community organizing. Through engaging, place-based education, Farm School classes cultivate future leaders in NYC’s food justice movement.

Mission: “[T]rain local residents in urban agriculture, in order to build self-reliant communities and inspire positive local action around food access and social, economic, and racial justice issues.”

Latest project/campaign: They offer a Citywide Certificate in Urban Agriculture focusing on the many urban farms and growing organizations located in NYC. They recently partnered with the Youth Farm for our Farm Intensive Certificate in Urban Agriculture for students to hone their skills in one location. The Citywide Certificate is designed so students can complete the program in 2 or more years, even for those working full time. The Farm Intensive Certificate offers extensive training over the course of 1 year. In addition to their Certificates, they also offer individual courses.

Major Funding: N/A

Profit/nonprofit: Nonprofit

Annual Budget: N/A

Interesting fact about how they are working to positively affect the food system: Farm School NYC provides space for everyone to learn about farming and food justice.  We ensure our programs include people of color, low income participants, varied ages, genders and sexual orientations, so that our programming reflects the diversity of our communities.  In order to change the food system, we need everyone.



  • 114 West 47th Street, Suite C1-35
  • New York, New York 10036

Core Programs: Two certificate programs in Urban Agriculture.

Number of staff: They have two staff members plus a dedicated team of 15+ faculty.

Number of volunteers: N/A

Areas served:

  • Bronx
  • Brooklyn
  • Manhattan
  • Staten Island
  • Queens
  • New York City Metropolitan Area

Year Started: 2011

Director: Onika Abraham

Contact Information:

(212) 645-9880 ext. 221

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