Become a BUG!

Wed. June 1st Deadline for applications to the
Brooklyn Urban Gardener (BUG) certificate training program

BUG Graduates Mara and Wayne

The 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. From mid-September to early November, participants attend classes designed to meet the needs of working people over eight Thursday evenings (6-9 pm) and two Saturdays. 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. 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. Some of the topics that will be covered 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 or call 718-623-7209.

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Compost for Brooklyn empowers city residents to sustainably reduce waste and cultivate healthy urban ecosystems.
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