The new Brooklyn Urban Gardener (BUG) certificate program is a free, ten-session course of interconnected workshops that cover the basics in urban gardening and community greening.

Working in teams, BUG students will also partner with Brooklyn-based organizations to complete a real-life project and donate at least 30 hours to help meet existing needs throughout the borough. Upon completing the course and the volunteer requirement, graduates will be certified as Brooklyn Botanic Garden BUG volunteers and will support greening projects at community organizations such as schools, senior centers, block associations, community gardens, and more.

After a successful training program last fall, the very first class of certified Brooklyn Urban Gardeners (BUGs) is making a difference to community greening efforts throughout Brooklyn. “BUG gave me the tools, knowledge, and confidence to revitalize a community garden,” reports Erik Rosenberg, a certified BUG who spearheads the Crown Heights Youth Collective Garden. “It’s difficult work, but thanks to the BUG classes and my team community service project, I have a framework for how to approach soil, community assets…and other challenges as well.”

Read more about BUG and download an application. Applications for the BUG class are due no later than June 1.