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Brooklyn Urban Gardener Volunteer Training
Brooklyn Botanic Garden
September 2012 – January 2013
Cost: Your continuing dedication to community greening!
Are you called to garden with your neighbors? 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. 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, methods to engage people in community greening projects, and ways in which residents can advocate for the protection of community green space in the face of intense urban development. 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 2013 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 (not yet 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 are asked to 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 apply to participate in this free course, visit http://www.bbg.org/greenbridge/bug
The deadline for applications is June 1. For more information, email email@example.com, or call 718-623-7250.