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BBG Brooklyn Urban Gardener volunteer certification course - deadline June 1

From: Nina
Sent on: Friday, May 3, 2013 2:06 PM
Brooklyn Urban Gardener (BUG) community volunteer certification
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
September 2013 – January 2014
Free; graduates volunteer 20 hours per year to maintain certification
Deadline to apply: June 1, 2013

Are you called to garden with your community? The Brooklyn Urban Gardener (BUG) program is an intensive, ten-session, “train-the-trainer” course. A series of interconnected workshops and hands-on site visits cover the basics of sustainable horticultural practices and how to advocate for the creation and protection of community green space in the face of intense urban development. BUG enrolls an intergenerational, multi-cultural mix of adults stemming from diverse economic and educational backgrounds who represent neighborhoods across Brooklyn. They bring with them varying levels of gardening expertise. From mid-September to early November, participants learn about sustainable horticultural practices as well as methods to engage people in community greening projects Working in teams of 4-5 students, BUGs also partner with selected, Brooklyn-based organizations to complete real-life projects. To achieve certification, each BUG completes: the weekly required reading, approximately 35 hours of in-class coursework, team-project presentations, and 30 hours of project-based community service. Community project hours may extend into January of 2014 when the BUG candidates are expected to graduate. In-class time is designed to meet the needs of working people and is scheduled for eight Thursday evenings (6-9pm) and two weekend dates (to be determined). Project team members, along with their staff mentor, devise a workable community service schedule. Upon graduation, students are equipped with the resources to become part of a BBG BUG volunteer network to continue to assist community greening efforts throughout Brooklyn. To maintain certification, BUG volunteers donate a minimum of 20 hours each year to Brooklyn greening projects. Some of the topics that will be covered in the course include: city soils, basic composting, growing food, water-wise gardening, asset-based community building, conflict resolution, gardening with native plants, and streetscape gardening.

To learn more about this free course and to download an application, visit http://www.bbg.org/greenbridge/bug
The deadline for applications is June 1. For more information, email [address removed], or call[masked]-7250.
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