Are you a high school teen looking for opportunities to grow and gain skills? Do you want to spend time this summer working outside, learning about gardening, installing irrigation, building compost piles, nesting boxes and worm bins? Well, if so, this is the perfect opportunity for you!!!
We are looking to build a team of 10 high school teens that can spend 2 days a week working in school gardens this summer.
This is a great opportunity to • get job training • meet other teens • spend time learning new things • provide much needed summer maintenance to school gardens
The Teen Apprentice Program runs for 6-weeks and is a combination of farm trainings + summer garden maintenance projects that provide high school youth with a deeper understanding of gardening and agriculture, while fostering teamwork and leadership among peers. Fresh garden tastings and light carpentry projects such as assembling nesting boxes and building worm bins and compost piles will also be part of the experience.
The Teen Apprentice Program directly supports + complements our Water Wise Irrigation Grant, both in partnership with Harmony Farm Supply. Thanks to the expertise of irrigation specialists at Harmony Farm Supply we can offer eligible schools free irrigation design. This partnership also provides special pricing for school gardens on irrigation materials so that this funding goes a long way in the garden.
Upgrading to an automated irrigation system encourages water conservation on school campus + helps prevent garden staff burnout by freeing them from countless hours of hand watering.
Provide high school youth with meaningful employment that builds their job readiness capacity
Skill building with practical hands-on training in garden maintenance with emphasis on drip irrigation design and installation
Serve the needs of school gardens for much needed summer maintenance
Provide a pathway from the early experiences in school garden programs to a career in sustainable agriculture
"When I turned in my resume, I didn't even know what irrigation was. I had no experience whatsoever, and now I definitely feel confident and have a better understanding of irrigation installation." "I really enjoyed meeting and working with teens from all over Sonoma County. I also found the building of the control boxes really interesting and fun." Teen Apprentices from TAP 2018