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• 𝘑𝘶𝘯𝘦𝘵𝘦𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘩 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘗𝘙𝘐𝘋𝘌
This month we celebrate both Juneteenth and Pride. Pride was a riot, started by our trans and disabled elders; A display of collective power against oppression. We also celebrate resistance through Juneteenth, a longstanding Black American holiday to uplift resilience and create space for Black joy, rest, and reflection. We hope that as you celebrate Pride and Juneteenth you consider ways to improve the material realities of QTBIPOC daily, outside of holidays and events.
• 𝘊𝘪𝘵𝘺𝘸𝘪𝘥𝘦 𝘗𝘳𝘰𝘨𝘳𝘢𝘮 𝘜𝘱𝘥𝘢𝘵𝘦𝘴
Citywide students have recently started Learning the Land. With the guidance of co-facilitators, kale and Jess, students are encouraged to cultivate deeper, multidimensional connections with nature and place.
Walking through lower Manhattan, the groups was introduced to native plants and “weeds,” before visiting the African Burial Ground National Monument and learning of the intentional erasure of Black and Indigenous peoples and histories.
This course has provided a space to deep dive into the plants and people that were (and sometimes are still) here, asking of the students, “What is your responsibility to the land and its beings- both seen and unseen? How do you really understand where you are?”
• 𝘚𝘵𝘶𝘥𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘗𝘳𝘰𝘫𝘦𝘤𝘵
Judith Desire is a current Farm School NYC Citywide Program student from Brooklyn, New York. In 2021, Judith founded Bronx Park East CSA. The project focuses on small-scale implementation of accessing farm-fresh food from a local small farm called Gonzales Farms with tailored community outreach and engagement strategy dedicated to nutrition equity. Community residents can utilize SNAP benefits to purchase healthy foods at both locations on the flyer until November.
The goal is to organize a farmer’s market at the Bronx Park location each weekend. This farmers market will help to mend the fresh produce gap at markets in The Bronx. If you are interested in participating as a farmer to provide SNAP and FMNP eligible produce, fill out this vendor application form.
To learn more about this project, visit the website here.
• 𝘛𝘦𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘰𝘯𝘺 𝘖𝘱𝘱𝘰𝘳𝘵𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘺
EcoBronx LLC shared 5 sanitation bills that are being reviewed on organic waste. If you are able to, please send in testimony here by June 17th. To testify for supporting organic waste management and funding select the option “Wed, Jun 15 @ 12:00pm Committee on Sanitation and Solid Waste Management” in the link above.
• 𝘊𝘰𝘮𝘮𝘶𝘯𝘪𝘵𝘺 𝘖𝘧𝘧𝘦𝘳𝘪𝘯𝘨
The worker co-op team at RiseBoro Community Partnership is gearing up for the Worker Cooperative Academy as part of the Central Brooklyn Food Democracy Project. This 9-month intensive begins in September and will support a cohort of Black-led, food-industry worker-owned businesses.
Have a business idea & some friends that are down to make it happen? Join RiseBoro for an info session on their Co-op business academy to learn about their offerings. Sign up for the June 28th and July 12th Info Sessions.
• 𝘡𝘰𝘰𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘖𝘶𝘵
FSNYC encourages you to get counted in the ag census! Agriculture producers have until June 30th to sign up to receive the 2022 Census of Agriculture at https://www.nass.usda.gov/AgCensus/index.php. USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) will mail ag census survey codes for online responses this November. The census includes every operation (both urban and rural) where $1,000 or more of agricultural products are produced and sold, or would normally be produced and sold, in the agriculture census year. BIPOC farmers should also complete the NEFOC survey or BFU member form to get connected to other BIPOC farmers and services in this region.
• NOFA-NY – Organic Educator
• Rise and Root- Multiple Positions
• Black Farmer Fund – Multiple Positions
• Re Nuble Hydroponic- Lab Technician Intern
• Red Hook Farms- Farm Education Co-Coordinator
• National Young Farmers Coalition – Land Organizing Director