After long delay the NYU Urban Farm Lab is about to be established at an accelerated pace. Over the next four days — Thurs. May 30th to Sun. June 2nd — we are going to transform the patch of ground at Silver Towers from bare dirt into neatly laid out garden beds, mulched paths, and hopefully even start planting. In order for this to happen, your help is urgently needed for several intensive work days.
On the first day we will be marking out and shaping the beds. On the second and third days we will be further digging the beds and spreading mulch on the paths. On the fourth day these activities will continue and it is hoped that we might also be planting.
This is also the time for people who want to be involved in a committed and responsible way to become familiar with the garden and to talk about planning. In Food Studies Professor Matthew Hoffman’s absence, some people will have to be responsible for planting and transplanting and for watering whatever gets planted. On Saturday he will lead an introductory workshop on garden planning so that those who want to take responsibility for it can know how to organize planting in time and space.
If you are willing to volunteer, be it for an hour, a day, or several days, please follow this link to the official volunteer page and sign up for one or more time slots between 10am and 7:30. The NYU Farm is located on the north side of Houston Street in front of the Silver Towers building on the corner with Wooster, here. Make sure to dress appropriately for work: trousers in which you don’t mind kneeling in the dirt, sturdy shoes, gloves if you don’t want to dirty and roughen your hands, and generally clothing that you don’t mind getting dirty and abrading. If you happen to have a garden fork or spade (the digging kind) bring it along. On Friday-Sunday a pointed shovel will also come in handy.
We won’t be able to get this done without a lot of help, so if you are at all able to volunteer, please do. This will only happen once — be a part of history! We will have a lot of fun and you will have ample opportunity to learn one of the most fundamental skills of biointensive gardening: how to prepare garden beds. Join us!
Thanks for you help!
The Farm Crew