Zumwalt Acres Educational Programming: Apprenticeship, events and mentorship for a diversity of young emerging farmers

Project Overview

Project Type: Youth Educator
Funds awarded in 2024: $6,000.00
Projected End Date: 02/15/2026
Grant Recipient: Zumwalt Acres
Region: North Central
State: Illinois
Project Manager:
Gavrielle Welbel
Zumwalt Acres
Project Co-Managers:
Acacia Berg
Zumwalt Acres


No commodities identified


No practices identified

Proposal abstract:

Apprentices will engage in a
hands-on, live-in learning experience on a regenerative farm
committed to equity, justice, and environmentally-conscious
growing. Experienced farmers and guest speakers will mentor
apprentices in horticulture, agroforestry, and mushroom
cultivation. ZA educators will facilitate on-farm and
in-classroom workshops with the local Future Farmer of America
(FFA) chapter. As ZA apprentices gain confidence in their own
understanding of sustainable agriculture, they will build mentor
relationships with FFA high school students, inspiring local
youth to continue on the path of sustainable farming. Lastly, ZA
hosts family-oriented educational events on the farm to introduce
young children to food justice.

Project objectives from proposal:

  1. Teach skills in horticulture,
    agroforestry, mushroom cultivation, beekeeping and conventional
    to regenerative land transition to 20-25 young people through
    on-site educational programming and field trips to regenerative
  2. Provide mentorship and 2
    workshops for 30 FFA students to enrich their curriculum with
    sustainable agriculture content.
  3. Engage young people in applied
    agricultural research in collaboration with the University of
    Illinois and Yale University.
  4. Host 1 field day and 3
    community events, including 1 food justice event for local
    families with children.
  5. Create 5 educational video
    clips and 1 apprentice-produced written material to be shared
    at events and distributed to young adults.
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