Apprentice Earth 

Edible Learning Spaces


Our Goals

On this beautiful life journey, our goal is to create safe spaces for community learning, to help re-align and re-balance our relationship to nature. We seek to transform our current relationship to our natural world by learning about the sustainable practices of our ancestors, and incorporating a more balanced approach into our daily lives. We can learn to live in harmony with our natural surroundings and cultivate abundance for ourselves and all the life on our planet. By teaching our youth to love and appreciate the natural world around them, they will learn to thrive and create abundance for themselves and the generations that come after them.


Farm a Yard

Of native fruits and vegetables

Grow food and medicine in your existing yard and experience the health benefits of eating what you produce at home.


About sustainable gardening

Through interdisciplinary, hands on (and, in the dirt) lessons, children learn about the importance of seed saving, promoting native plants, and observing what is already growing around you.


Food as medicine

Enjoy the nourishment that plants provide to heal our body, mind, and spirit.


Alva L'nez Jones Buxenbaum

Ms. Buxenbaum, originally from New Orleans, LA, is a former Principal of P.S. 368, Hamilton Heights in New York City. She has been an educator and classroom teacher for over 40 years.


She moved to New York, leaving the Jim Crow South, to continue her work in the Civil Rights Movement. She began her activism in public education as a parent, serving on the local school board, and over the course of her 30 year career as a classroom teacher, she championed equality and access for underserved communities. 

As an administrator she advocated for art, music, and creative expression for children as a part of a well rounded education. She also stressed environmental studies, each year taking students to the Taconic Outdoor Education Center, to experience and learn about our ecosystem and relationship to nature.

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Nina I. Buxenbaum

Nina Buxenbaum was born and raised in Brooklyn, NY to a politically active, multi-racial household.  She received her MFA degree in painting from the Maryland Institute College of Art and her BFA from Washington University in St. Louis in drawing and printmaking. 


Ms. Buxenbaum has been an artist and educator for her entire career. First certified as a K-12 Art teacher in New York, she has been teaching at the college level since 2001. She is a Tenured Professor of Painting at York College, CUNY as well as a member, and current faculty, at The Silvermine Artist Guild in New Canaan, CT, and Adjunct Art Faculty at Western Connecticutt State University. 


Roberto C. Zapata

Born in Norwalk CT, Roberto Zapata is a first generation son of parents from Costa Rica  and Colombia. At a very young age Roberto learned how to work with his hands. He has had a long history of wood working and construction. Roberto is a passionate builder, designer, and creator. He apprenticed with an arborist for three years, learning rigging, SRT climbing, and proper tree pruning.  He has independently pursued  the study of tree, plant, and  mushroom medicines. 


In 2015 Roberto started a community garden project,  Meadows Garden Pride  in the Norwalk public housing complex where he lived. Through the use of Hürgelkelur he created garden beds that required no tilling, fertilizing, or irrigation, thus eliminating many outputs. From 2017-2018, Roberto led campers ages 8-18, and adults of all ages, in foraging, plant identification, and medicinal plant harvesting classes at Holmes Camp & Retreat Center. In 2018 he earned his permaculture certification. and he is currently on the Board of Directors  of The Unadilla Community Farm, in Unadilla, NY. 

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