Apply Now: La Nueva Siembra 2024!

February 9, 2024

At the heart of GrowNYC's mission lies La Nueva Siembra, a program that serves as a beacon of hope and opportunity for experienced Spanish-speaking farmers with dreams of cultivating their own businesses. Developed with passion and dedication by GrowNYC, La Nueva Siembra is more than just a course—it's a transformative journey of empowerment and community building.

Program Overview:

La Nueva Siembra is not just about business—it's about nurturing dreams, fostering growth, and sowing the seeds of possibility. This annual hybrid program provides a nurturing environment for experienced agricultural workers who are Spanish-first, to learn entirely in Spanish as they embark on their entrepreneurial journey. Through immersive learning experiences, participants not only learn the essentials of business creation but also discover the power of collaboration and solidarity within a supportive community.

Course Format:

As participants, you'll learn from industry experts and peers alike, blending virtual sessions with in-person workshops. From March to June, you'll engage in lively discussions, hands-on activities, and collaborative presentations, all aimed at empowering you to turn your agricultural dreams into reality.

Program Objectives:

La Nueva Siembra is more than a program—it's a journey of self-discovery, growth, and transformation. It's about planting seeds of hope, nurturing dreams, and watching them bloom into beautiful realities. 

The course will support in developing understanding of the components involved in creating an agricultural business. At the end of the course, participants are asked to present what was learned in the course and present it in class as evidence of growth and understanding.

Our program will cover components involved in setting up a farm business including:

  • Understanding the path from farm worker to farm ownership
  • Holistic vision and goal-setting
  • Strategic company planning 
  • Marketing and brand
  • Regulations and legal considerations
  • Sales and logistics operations
  • Financial planning
  • Access to land
  • Access to capital and resources

 

Who Can Apply: 

La Nueva Siembra is for the dreamers, the visionaries, and the changemakers with at least 1 year of agriculture experience in   tending the crops and nurturing the land with love and dedication. This program is primarily focused on serving Spanish-speaking BIPOC, immigrants, and communities historically underrepresented in agribusiness ownership in the Northeast states. 

 

Program Timeline:

- January 1, 2024: Applications Open

- March 1, 2024: Application Deadline

- March 15, 2024: Acceptance Notifications

- March 22, 2024: Acceptance Deadline

- April 6, 2024: Course Commencement

 

How to Apply 

Your journey begins with a simple step—submitting your application. The deadline is Friday, March 1, 2024, at 11:59 PM EST. Don't miss this opportunity to sow the seeds of your future success.

If you have any questions or need assistance, please don't hesitate to reach out to Emilyn Sosa, Beginning Farmer Program Specialist, at esosa@grownyc.org. We're here to support you every step of the way.

Apply Now! 

 

Need more information? Visit our program site for full program details.

Solicite ahora: ¡La Nueva Siembra 2024!

February 9, 2024

En el corazón de la misión de GrowNYC se encuentra La Nueva Siembra, un programa que sirve como un faro de esperanza y oportunidad para agricultores hispanohablantes experimentados con sueños de cultivar sus propios negocios. Desarrollado con pasión y dedicación por GrowNYC, La Nueva Siembra es más que un curso, es un viaje transformador de empoderamiento y creación de comunidad.

Visión general del programa:

La Nueva Siembra no se trata sólo de negocios, se trata de alimentar los sueños, fomentar el crecimiento y sembrar las semillas de la posibilidad. Este programa híbrido anual proporciona un entorno enriquecedor para trabajadores agrícolas de habla hispana poder aprender totalmente en español en su trayectoria empresarial. A través de experiencias de aprendizaje inmersivas, los participantes no sólo aprenden lo esencial de la creación de empresas, sino que también descubren el poder de la colaboración y la solidaridad dentro de una comunidad de apoyo.

Formato del curso:

Los participantes aprenderán de expertos y compañeros del sector, combinando sesiones virtuales con talleres presenciales. De marzo a junio, participarán en animados debates, actividades prácticas y presentaciones colaborativas, todo ello con el objetivo de capacitarlos para convertir sus sueños agrícolas en realidad.

Objetivos del programa:

La Nueva Siembra es más que un programa: es un viaje de autodescubrimiento, crecimiento y transformación. Se trata de plantar semillas de esperanza, alimentar sueños y verlos florecer en hermosas realidades. 

El curso ayudará a desarrollar la comprensión de los componentes que intervienen en la creación de una empresa agrícola. Al final del curso, se pide a los participantes que expongan lo aprendido en el curso y lo presenten en clase como prueba de crecimiento y comprensión.

Nuestro programa cubrirá los componentes involucrados en la creación de un negocio agrícola, incluyendo:

  • Comprensión del camino que va del trabajador agrícola a la propiedad agrícola
  • Visión holística y establecimiento de objetivos
  • Planificación estratégica de la empresa 
  • Marketing y marca
  • Normativa y aspectos legales
  • Operaciones de venta y logística
  • Planificación financiera
  • Acceso al suelo
  • Acceso a capital y recursos

Quién puede solicitarlo: 

La Nueva Siembra es para los soñadores, los visionarios, y los agentes de cambio con al menos 1 año de experiencia en la agricultura en el cuidado de los cultivos y la crianza de la tierra con amor y dedicación. Este programa se centra principalmente en servir a BIPOC de habla hispana, inmigrantes y comunidades históricamente subrepresentadas en la propiedad de la agroindustria en los estados del noreste. 

Cronograma del programa:

- 1 de enero de 2024: Apertura de solicitudes

- 1 de marzo de 2024: Fecha límite para la presentación de solicitudes

- 15 de marzo de 2024: Notificaciones de aceptación

- 22 de marzo de 2024: Fecha límite de aceptación

- 6 de abril de 2024: Comienzo del curso

 

Cómo solicitar:

Su viaje comienza con un simple paso: el envío de su solicitud. La fecha límite es el viernes 1 de marzo de 2024 a las 11:59 PM EST. No pierdas esta oportunidad de sembrar las semillas de tu éxito futuro.

Si tiene alguna pregunta o necesita ayuda, no dude en ponerse en contacto con Emilyn Sosa, Especialista del Programa de Agricultores Principiantes, en esosa@grownyc.org. Estamos aquí para ayudarle en cada paso del camino.

¡Inscríbase ya!

 

¿Necesita más información? Visite nuestra pagina web con todos los detalles del programa.

Use Pandemic EBT (P-EBT) with GrowNYC

February 1, 2024


How to Use Your P-EBT Benefits for Food Before They Expire + Receive Free Extra Health Bucks at Farmers Markets.

Pandemic Electronic Benefit Transfer (P-EBT) is a temporary federal food benefit program that was issued to ALL NYC public school families to buy food to make up for missed school meals while students were enrolled in remote or hybrid learning. P-EBT benefits can be used anywhere EBT cards are accepted for the purchase of food, including supermarkets and farmers markets. It is important to note that many P-EBT benefits may be expiring soon. Please see below  for more information on when these valuable benefits expire and how to receive free extra Health Bucks coupons for the purchase of fresh fruits and vegetables when you use your P-EBT card at farmers markets. 

Who received P-EBT? 

Since 2020, P-EBT payments have been provided to ALL NYC public school students, ages 3-21, regardless of income or immigration status. New York distributed multiple rounds of the P-EBT, including $120 per child for the summer of 2023, as well as at least $391 per child for the summer of 2022 and the 2021-22 school year.

How were P-EBT benefits distributed to families?

  • For families who are already enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), the additional P-EBT benefits were loaded onto their existing EBT cards.
  • Families who were not enrolled in SNAP were mailed new EBT cards where the P-EBT benefits were loaded for each round of distribution. 

When does P-EBT expire? 

P-EBT benefits automatically expire 274 days, about nine months, after they were last used. Whenever families use the benefits, the timeline will reset, and they will have another 274 days before the funds expire. For many families, the last round of benefits was issued around May 2023, meaning those who have yet to use them may see their funds start to expire in February 2024. 

  • To find out exactly when your specific P-EBT benefits expire, call the P-EBT Hotline at  (833) 452-0096.
  • If you lost your P-EBT card, you can get a replacement by calling 1-888-328-6399.

Use your P-EBT card at Farmers Markets and receive bonus Health Bucks!

Use your P-EBT card at any NYC farmers market, and for every $2 you spend, you’ll receive an additional $2 in Health Bucks (up to $10 per visit) to spend on fresh fruits and vegetables! ALL GrowNYC food access sites can accept P-EBT cards; we operate over 60 Greenmarkets and Farmstands across NYC. Visit our website to find a location near you. Simply bring your P-EBT card to the GrowNYC information tent, and a staff member will swipe your card and provide you with SNAP tokens that can be used to purchase any edible food item from local farmers. SNAP tokens distributed at GrowNYC Greenmarkets never expire.

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