Harlem: Harlem Grown Urban Farm - June 9

Sponsoring Club: 
Yale Alumni Association of New York
Co-sponsor(s): 
Young Members Committee of the Yale Club of New York City
Yale BlueGreen
When: 
Saturday, June 9, 2018
11:00am to 2:00pm
Where: 
118 West 134th Street
New York, NY 10030

Between Lenox Ave and Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Blvd. The closest subway stop is the 2/3 at 135 Street.

Description: 
Give back to the community and get your hands dirty volunteering with the backdrop of an urban farm in the heart of Harlem. In your 2-3 hour service project, you’ll receive a personal tour of our main farm and greenhouse and hear Harlem Grown’s story from our Founder and Executive Director, Tony Hillery. Then, you will dive into seasonally appropriate farm tasks including planting, weeding, watering, cleaning, harvesting, chicken care and composting (everyone’s favorite!). Designated tasks, tools and materials are provided for farm-based service projects. Our service projects are more than just one day of service; our volunteers are creating legacies by the crops they’re helping to grow, the projects they are helping to build, and the youth they are helping to inspire.
 
PARKING
We have some street parking in front of our garden space, on 134 Street. Not much, but it is a bit better than other streets in Harlem. For garage parking, these are the closest by locations: 
Little Man Parking – 300 W 135th St, New York, NY 10030
VFC Parking – 161 W 132nd St, New York, NY 10027 
 
CLOTHING
Wear pants, closed toed shoes, sun protection and filled reusable water bottles. If you have your own gardening gloves and gear, feel free to bring them! 
 
What should I expect the day of volunteering? 
Expect to get dirty! We will have various farm tasks such as weeding, watering, composting and cleaning. Projects like building, painting, harvesting and planting are seasonal. 
 
NO SPECIAL SKILLS NEEDED
No special skills or qualifications are necessary! If you’ve had gardening experience, it’s a plus! Our farm work is physical and can require lifting up to 5lbs, carrying compost or lumber, shoveling, and/or bending or kneeling to weed in the gardens. If you have special requirements, please inform us ahead of time so we can arrange accommodations. 
 
RAIN?
Our farm will almost always be open during our scheduled volunteer hours, rain or shine! Please check our Facebook and Twitter pages if you’re unsure as cancellations will be posted through social media. 
Site Coordinator: 
Monica Chen ‘15
 
Sam Maroste ‘15 
 
Lauren E. Graham, F&ES ‘13
Lauren.graham@aya.yale.edu