Interns spend the bulk of their time at the farm working directly with plants and soil. They are responsible for utilizing new knowledge of planting, space requirements, compositing, plant pests, diseases, and harvesting.
Interns work in multiple settings: Downing Park Urban Farm; Newburgh Farmers Market; & finally, a pop-up market of their own. They harvest, package, market, and sell produce to the public. They record, prep, and pack food for donation to feeding programs.
Interns spend 4 days each week at school gardens and summer camps for younger children, teaching them the importance of gardening and necessary growing skills.
Interns turnkey practices they learn in classes and internship into lessons for elementary students in camp gardens.
Check out our YouTube channel to see our AgriCultural Education interns -in colaboration with teens from other programs in the Hudson Valley present a pitch they put together for Farm Tank!
These teens, already invested in growing and working hard, collaborated in their new teams to innovate a unique agricultural invention, and pitch it to the farmers - all in only 15 minutes!
Other AgriCultural Education Initiatives
AFTER SCHOOL URBAN AGRICULTURE CLASSES
Urban Agriculture Basics and Urban Agriculture II are classes taught in Newburgh Free Academy North's after-school program. These are courses in growing food within city limits. Students learn farming history and modern techniques. They not only study soil, seeds, pollinators, and planting, but they also put their skills to work in our school gardens.
YOUTH MOBILE MARKETS
To expose our students to entrepreneurial possibilities in farming, we host pop-up markets at the Newburgh Free Library and at The Youngest Brother Pizzeria.