06/16/2023

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𝗪𝗲𝗹𝗰𝗼𝗺𝗲 𝗝𝗼𝗰𝗲𝗹𝘆𝗻! 𝗢𝘂𝗿 𝗡𝗲𝘄 𝗙𝗮𝗿𝗺𝗲𝗿 𝗔𝗱𝘃𝗼𝗰𝗮𝘁𝗲
Jocelyn Germany (she/hers) is the newest addition to the FSNYC team. We are honored to have this passionate individual leading our advocacy work. Jocelyn was born and raised in the unceded Lenapehoking lands of the South Bronx. She is currently a Farm School student for the 2022-2023 cohort and has enjoyed a deep sense of community and spiritual connection. Jocelyn enjoys playing video games, watching movies, learning, hanging out with friends, and dancing.

𝗖𝗶𝘁𝘆𝘄𝗶𝗱𝗲 𝗣𝗿𝗼𝗴𝗿𝗮𝗺 𝗨𝗽𝗱𝗮𝘁𝗲
Our Citywide Learning the Land course is complete. Students heard from guest speakers, Cecilia and Milton, describing colonization’s expansive harmful impacts that are still evident and felt by many across NYC. Together in-person, students walked around Jackson Heights, observing the apparent race and class segregation by street and neighborhood. Seeing how our waterways and waste systems are mismanaged due to settlers’ privatization and acquisitiveness, the cohort will continue learning about water and helpful ways to harness it in the next course, Irrigation.

𝗖𝗼𝗺𝗺𝘂𝗻𝗶𝘁𝘆 𝗖𝗼𝗿𝗻𝗲𝗿
Soul Fire Farm
Join Soul Fire Farm for Work and Learn days or a farm tour. SFF is one of our beloved ecosystem partners, and we encourage you to take a trip to learn about some of their farming practices. This is an opportunity to support their food sovereignty work and get your hands on the land. Click the following dates for their corresponding registration links, June 27th and July 11th.

Soul Fire Farm is hosting six tours throughout the 2023 farming season. They’ll guide participants through the growing fields and agroforestry gardens, provide an up close look into building projects, and share whole-hearted stories. The next tour is June 30th – Register here. Group registration is still available for July 28th and September 29th.

𝙒𝙚𝙚𝙠𝙨𝙫𝙞𝙡𝙡𝙚 𝙂𝙧𝙚𝙚𝙣 𝙈𝙖𝙧𝙠𝙚𝙩 2023

Weeksville Green Market 2023 begins June 24th and ends September 23rd. This Black farm collaboration helps Black and BIPOC-owned farm advance their sales and visibility. Support the Black communities of Weeksville, Crown Heights, Bedford-Stuyvesant & beyond in receiving quality products in the name of liberation and food justice!
Register here
For further information, contact Erica Harper.

𝘾𝙤𝙤𝙥𝙚𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙫𝙚 𝘼𝙜𝙧𝙚𝙚𝙢𝙚𝙣𝙩𝙨 𝙛𝙤𝙧 𝘾𝙤𝙢𝙥𝙤𝙨𝙩𝙞𝙣𝙜 𝙖𝙣𝙙 𝙁𝙤𝙤𝙙 𝙒𝙖𝙨𝙩𝙚 𝙍𝙚𝙙𝙪𝙘𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣
Did you know the USDA will award $9.5 million for Composting and Food Waste Reduction (CFWR) pilot projects for fiscal year 2023? The cooperative agreement supports projects that develop and test strategies for planning and implementing municipal compost plans and food waste reduction plans. Eligible entities are encouraged to apply by Thursday, June 15th.
Learn more and apply.

𝙃𝙪𝙢𝙖𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙖𝙧𝙞𝙖𝙣 𝙤𝙛 𝙩𝙝𝙚 𝙔𝙚𝙖𝙧 𝘼𝙬𝙖𝙧𝙙
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6l1POiHhO0&t=6s
We are thrilled to congratulate Olivia Watkins and Karen Washington, co-founders of Black Farmer Fund, for being honored with the prestigious James Beard Foundation Humanitarian of the Year Award. With this award, Black Farmer Fund, one of our ecosystem partners, receives well-deserved recognition and visibility. Olivia and Karen have been instrumental in empowering Black farmers. Karen, a FSNYC founder, is a steadfast voice in this vital work. Her unwavering dedication has increased awareness, created opportunities, and mobilized both people and resources to make a change. Read about other James Beard Foundation award winners this year here.

𝙃𝙖𝙩𝙩𝙞𝙚 𝘾𝙖𝙧𝙩𝙝𝙖𝙣 𝙐𝙧𝙗𝙖𝙣 𝘼𝙜𝙧𝙞𝙘𝙪𝙡𝙩𝙪𝙧𝙚 𝙔𝙤𝙪𝙩𝙝 𝙁𝙖𝙧𝙢𝙚𝙧/𝘾𝙤𝙢𝙢𝙪𝙣𝙞𝙩𝙮 𝘾𝙝𝙚𝙛 𝙋𝙧𝙤𝙜𝙧𝙖𝙢
This exciting initiative, led by the Hattie Carthan community market, empowers young individuals (ages 14-23) to become food educators, entrepreneurs, and community activists. Selected youth will join the Urban Agriculture Youth Corps, working alongside the Hattie Carthan Food Justice Collective from July to December. They will receive guidance from renowned sovereignty educator and FSYNC facilitator, Yonnette Fleming.

Youth Community Chefs will:
• Receive a free Chrome computer to aid learning and documentation.
• Conduct cooking demonstrations promoting local, seasonal, and healthy eating.
• Inspire community members to prepare delicious and nutritious meals.
• Participate in the Community Cooks program.
• Enhance their culinary skills.

Please share this opportunity with any youth you believe are interested in leading the way to a healthier, sustainable, delicious future. Click here for more info.

𝘾𝙍𝘼𝙁𝙏 𝙁𝙖𝙧𝙢 𝙏𝙤𝙪𝙧
Join the CRAFT community at the Queens Botanical Gardens Farm on Thursday, June 29th from 5-7pm for a brief tour centering interplanting methods to maximize growing space. Snacks will be provided.

Participants should arrive through the main entrance (42-80 Crommelin street, the farm is located across the lawn) and follow the signs for Queens Botanical Gardens Farm. RSVP is required for this event, please email Yolanda to secure your spot.

𝗭𝗼𝗼𝗺𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗢𝘂𝘁
The NYC Urban County Committee Elections are just around the corner! There is still time to get involved, whether you want to cast your vote or run for office. Here’s how you can participate:

1. Register to Vote: Simply fill out a quick online form, and your ballot will be mailed to you. Click here to access the registration form.

2. Register to Run: If you’d like to serve on the Urban County Committee, email Mirem Villamil for next steps and eligibility information.

3. Learn more at the In-Person Public Meeting: Mark your calendars for Monday, July 17th. This meeting will provide a platform for all NYC growers to share their input and support needs. Join in with your questions regarding the Urban County Committee office, their initiatives, or your eligibility to vote. It’s an open-invitation event, so bring your enthusiasm and ideas—RSVP by emailing Mirem Villamil.

𝗝𝗼𝗯𝘀

• Rise and Root- Multiple Positions
• Edible School Yard – Seasonal Gardener
• Soul Fire Farm- Managing Director
• East New York Farms – Garden Educator
• Van Cortlandt Park Alliance – Development Associate
• Green City Force – Service Coordinator
• City Growers – Director of Education
• LES Ecology Center – Part-time Compost Associate

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