Through schoolyard and community educational food bank gardens plus our new Indoor Growing project, apprentices provide K-12+ youth hands-on experiential skills from soil-to-table-and-back-again through best sustainable ag practices via a permaculture lens.
Apprentices will work alongside staff and program leaders with elementary and middle school students, sharing responsibility and learning leadership, and further exploring the many careers in sustainable ag, thereby growing their career-readiness and understanding of Local Food Systems.
Food produced is used locally for underserved youth and residents, and as community building through meals and garden tours led by apprentices.
Project objectives from proposal:
- Apprentices will support Farm Club and Farm Camp, learning how to teach sustainable ag practices, including what’s, why’s, when’s, where’s and how’s of growing, cooking and preserving foods both from soil and through hydroponics.
- Apprentices will be further introduced to career explorations with deeper understanding through the sharing of that knowledge.
- Apprentices will participate in a Farm Stand selling directly at a pay-what-you-can pricing.
- Apprentices will support our Mobile Tiny Farm programming brought to low-income housing, schools without gardens and public events.
- Apprentices will learn job-readiness skills, earning a living wage while they learn.