Seed Starting and Propagation 101

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The beginning of Spring invites us to revive and revitalize our creativity. 

Join us on Sunday 4th April at 11AM for a special collaboration with Brooklyn Grange to find a holistic renewal, sow new seeds and connect with the earth.

Brooklyn Grange is the leading rooftop farming and intensive green roofing business in the US. This session will be an immersion in Seed Starting & Propagation to get the summer garden bursting with flavor.

Learn how to grow your own flower, herb or vegetable garden from baby seeds this year! 

In this intro class on propagation Jane, Brooklyn Grange Microgreens Manager, will discuss the botany of a seed, what a seed needs to germinate, the difference between asexual and sexual propagation, and the basic techniques of sowing trays and the materials needed. She’ll give demonstrations of a few different propagation processes- both the DIY at-home and more traditional greenhouse methods. For the community gardener and home gardener alike, this session will be a virtual hands-on exploration into seed starting and seedling care. 

Get that summer garden bursting with flavor, beauty, and love that you’ve nurtured from soil to sun! You may purchase the materials in advance of class to start seeds with Jane or just watch and learn for future use. 

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About Brooklyn Grange

Brooklyn Grange is the leading rooftop farming and intensive green roofing business in the US. We operate the world’s largest rooftop soil farms, located on three roofs in New York City, and grow over 100,000 lbs of organically-cultivated produce per year. In addition to growing and distributing fresh local vegetables and herbs, Brooklyn Grange also hosts events and educational programming; designs, installs, and often maintains green spaces for clients all over the tri-state area, and provides urban farming and green roof consulting services to clients worldwide. The business also operates an apiary, keeping bees in dozens of naturally-managed hives, on roofs, backyards, and nooks dispersed throughout NYC. Brooklyn Grange provides several key ecosystem services, and partners with numerous non-profit and community service organizations throughout New York to promote healthy and strong local communities.

About Jane Scruggs

Originally hailing from Little Rock, Arkansas Jane has spent the better part of the past decade diving deep into the world of horticulture and urban agriculture through various training programs all around New York City. After enrolling in the horticulture certificate program at the New York Botanic Garden, Jane couldn’t wait to get her hands in the dirt, so she started volunteering at the Edible Schoolyard. There she found a mentor and a space to test out everything she was learning in her classes at NYBG. Shortly thereafter Jane took a position as an Americorps with New York Restoration Project where she gained invaluable knowledge of NYC native plants and trees. But quickly Jane realized her true calling was in growing food so she left NYC to try her hand working a full season on an organic vegetable farm in North Carolina. We’re happy she did because that’s where Jane discovered her love of working in the greenhouse. Once back in NYC and always ready to learn more, Jane decided to enroll in the Farm School NYC certificate program. She eventually found her way to us as a seasonal farm crew member and has since come on board as our Microgreens Manager. In her spare time, Jane can be found volunteering at the Kelly Street Community Garden near her home in the South Bronx, growing food and giving it away to community members, doing yoga, or playing with her cat Chloë.