Community Food System Summer Apprenticeship

Project Overview

Project Type: Youth Educator
Funds awarded in 2022: $6,000.00
Projected End Date: 01/15/2024
Grant Recipient: Bandhu Gardens
Region: North Central
State: Michigan
Project Manager:
Emily Staugaitis
Bandhu Gardens

Information Products


Not commodity specific


  • Education and Training: farmer to farmer, mentoring, networking, participatory research, youth education
  • Farm Business Management: apprentice/intern training, cooperatives
  • Sustainable Communities: analysis of personal/family life, ethnic differences/cultural and demographic change, leadership development, social capital, social networks, urban agriculture

    Proposal abstract:

    High school-aged youth will participate in paid summer apprenticeship to deepen their work with community food systems. These youth are already connected through their high school's environmental club, LEAP, to Bandhu Gardens' Community Farm that will host the program . We will be involving youth in other facets of the farm's management, such as harvest, sales and community building. Many of these youth have home gardens, but do not yet see agriculture as a viable career path. Through meeting other farmers and traveling to farmers market and conference, they will be exposed to diverse options for their food futures. 


    Project objectives from proposal:

    1. Expose youth to diverse farmers who also hold off farm jobs- arborist, teacher, accountant, chef, activist.
    2. Increase food work skills- growing, harvesting, weighing, selling, bookkeeping
    3. Learn about culturally specific sustainable agriculture practices from immigrant and indigenous farmers. 
    4. Introduce students to other areas of the city and state that they have not been to (Eastern Market, weekly, and Traverse City for Small Farms conference) 
    5. Deepen the appreciation that youth have for the value of knowing (or being!) your farmer and having access to high-quality, culturally-relevant foods.
    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.