Sprout it Out Loud! Urban Farmer Apprenticeship (Sprout)

Project Overview

Project Type: Youth Educator
Funds awarded in 2021: $4,000.00
Projected End Date: 01/31/2023
Grant Recipient: Franklinton Farms
Region: North Central
State: Ohio
Project Manager:
Emma Gardner
Franklinton Farms
Project Co-Managers:
Rachel General
Franklinton Farms
Molly Jo Stanley
Franklinton Farms

Information Products


  • Vegetables: beets, carrots, garlic, greens (leafy), greens (lettuces), leeks, peas (culinary), radishes (culinary), sweet potatoes, turnips
  • Additional Plants: herbs, native plants
  • Miscellaneous: mushrooms


  • Crop Production: cover crops, high tunnels or hoop houses, pollinator habitat, row covers (for season extension)
  • Education and Training: demonstration, mentoring, youth education
  • Pest Management: mulches - living, mulching - vegetative, prevention
  • Production Systems: organic agriculture
  • Soil Management: composting, green manures
  • Sustainable Communities: analysis of personal/family life, local and regional food systems, quality of life, urban agriculture

    Proposal abstract:

    Sprout pays youth to participate in an intensive apprenticeship highlighting the sustainable urban agriculture practices of Franklinton Farms (FF), including hard sustainable agriculture skills in the areas of production, marketing, and distribution. Additionally, the program will be responsive to the needs of teens in our community by integrating soft skills of mindfulness, self-expression, and collaboration. The project will culminate in a self-articulated community engagement project or research project at the end of the summer at the FF Learning Garden, in their school, or at their home. 

    Project objectives from proposal:

    1. To introduce urban youth to financially profitable, personally beneficial, and ecologically sound agriculture opportunities within their own neighborhood
    2. To increase specific skills (technical and soft skills) for Urban Sustainable Ag
    3. To introduce youth to ways of preparing the local produce
    4. To coordinate student-led projects for community outreach/research and allow students to shape FF marketing and community engagement
    5. To share the stories and learnings of the youth on social media, with the Franklin County Local Food Council, and at the Ohio Ecological Food and Farm Association (OEFFA) conference
    Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.