Urban Farm Apprenticeship at Franklinton Farms

Project Overview

Project Type: Youth Educator
Funds awarded in 2024: $5,976.00
Projected End Date: 02/15/2026
Grant Recipient: Franklinton Farms
Region: North Central
State: Ohio
Project Manager:
Emma Gardner
Franklinton Farms


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Proposal abstract:

The Urban Farm Apprenticeship is
an intensive, paid career development pathway offered to teens in
Franklinton that utilizes a productive farming social
enterprise–working with Urban Farmers to learn and practice
sustainable agriculture hard skills from seed to sale–and
trauma-informed therapeutic garden education framework
integrating soft skills of mindfulness, conflict resolution, and
self efficacy. Youth are also mentored by a community network of
small scale and/or minority growers addressing social inequities
in their neighborhoods by sustaining a local food system.

Project objectives from proposal:

  1. Develop 5-10 students’
    sustainable agriculture skills through tending their own farm
    garden at Franklinton Farms under the guidance of urban
  2. Increase 5-10 youth’s capacity
    for social/emotional resilience and soft work skills through
    therapeutic garden education. 
  3. Introduce 5-10 youth to the
    career field of Urban Agriculture and its application in
    improving social equity, namely food access and food
    sovereignty, in historically segregated communities.
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