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Riverpark Farm and our Community!

In addition to supplying Riverpark with fresh, seasonal produce each day, our team at Riverpark Farm has proudly grown into an active part of our local, dining and green-thumb communities. We feel strongly about supporting our communities and are excited to continue sharing the farm as a learning resource through farm tours, school visits and free weekend planting workshops. See below for more information and we look forward to welcoming you to the farm.

Weekly Farm Tours (Beginning May 6th!)
We host weekly farm tours every Tuesday at 12:30pm, from May through October. The tours are free and open to the public—all you have to do is show up! 
 
School Visits and Group Tours
If you’re interested in bringing a group to the farm for a class field trip or private tour, please email us at farmer@riverparkfarm.com.  
 
Planting Workshops
For urban gardeners looking to learn new skills, or friends of the farm who just want to get involved, we offer hands-on planting workshops on select Saturdays covering different container gardening skills. All workshops begin at 9:30am and end around 12:30pm. If you’re interested in joining us, please email farmer@riverparkfarm.com to reserve a spot.  

2014 Workshop Schedule

May 3
Soil Preparation and Planting Summer Crops
Learn why we turn and amend soil for a new growing season and how to transplant plant starts and direct seed summer crops.

May 17
Composting and Soil Mixing
Master Composter Zach Pickens shows how to build a productive compost pile and discusses the critical ratio of browns to greens. We’ll teach you how to maintain and finish your compost pile, then how to apply finished compost to crops. We will also talk about soil mixes and how to determine the right mix for what you’re growing.

June 7
Plant Maintenance
Learn why we mulch for summer crops, how much and how often to water, which weeds to pull and which may be worth keeping around.

June 21
Composting and Soil Mixing
Master Composter Zach Pickens shows how to build a productive compost pile and discusses the critical ratio of browns to greens. We’ll teach you how to maintain and finish your compost pile, then how to apply finished compost to crops. In this workshop, we will show you how to make compost tea (and why). We will also talk about soil mixes and how to determine the right mix for what you’re growing.

July 12
Harvesting Techniques and Plant Maintenance
Learn how, when and how much to harvest, and methods for keeping your plants healthy and productive.

July 26
Planting Fall’s First Crops
Seeding and transplanting: We’ll show you how to mix and make seed blocks, techniques for seeding into soil blocks and talk about when to transplant crops into larger beds and how to prep for the transplant.

August 9
Pest and Disease Maintenance
Learn how to prevent, identify and treat plant diseases.

August 23
Saving Seeds
We’ll show you how to identify your best producing plants, how to prepare them for seed saving and then how to process and store seeds for next season.

September 13
Composting and Soil Mixing
Master Composter Zach Pickens shows how to build a productive compost pile and discusses the critical ratio of browns to greens. We’ll teach you how to maintain and finish your compost pile, then how to apply finished compost to crops. In this workshop, we will show you how to make compost tea (and why). We will also talk about soil mixes and how to determine the right mix for what you’re growing.

September 27
Growing Micro Greens
Learn how to prepare potting mix for micro green-growing, how to seed, maintenance and harvest techniques.

October 11
Preparing for Winter Part 1
We will plant winter crops (direct seeding and transplanting) for overwintering and prepare perennial herbs for winter.

October 25
Preparing for Winter Part 2
Learn how to set up low tunnels and tips for winter mulching.
 
 
Thanks for visiting!
We’ve had the pleasure of meeting so many new friends: from preschoolers to victory gardeners, neighbors at NYU, Bellevue and the Churchill School to international visitors from Norway, Japan, Manchester, Chile, The Netherlands and Germany. We’ve made fresh farm salads with Wellness in the Schools and Read a Recipe for Literacy, and made plant-to-plate connections with The Mandell School, PS 134, The International School of Brooklyn, BK Farmyards Go Green high school class, Eagle Street Rooftop Farm apprentices, Lower East Side Ecology interns, TED: Breaker Project, Brooklyn College and CUNY City Tech students (classes from both BK and Paris)—and with also our fellow industry colleagues from the Brooklyn Grange, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds, Four Seasons Farm, Randalls Island Park, GrowNYC, AvroKo Hospitality Group, Momofuku and ABC Kitchen.