This program is possible through the generosity of Harmony Farm Supply and Joe & Linda Maloney. Without their support this program would not exist. THANK YOU!
We're gearing up for the 2019 Teen Apprentice Program 2019 applications will be posted soon! Check back in with us or email firstname.lastname@example.org
PREPARING A WORKFORCE Last year, 43 teens applied for the 10 apprentice positions. This proves that our high school teens are seeking job training and skill building experiences in order to feel confident and equipped to enter their post high school path. At the School Garden Network, we are excited to offer teens an opportunity to give back to school gardens while at the same time learn important life skills and job readiness capacity, all with the focus of hands-on gardening projects that emphasize drip irrigation.
The Teen Apprentice Program facilitates youth completing a 6-week training + summer maintenance schedule that provides them a deeper understanding of gardening, fosters teamwork and leadership among peers, and affords financial compensation for their contributions. This program cultivates resilience in youth, sustains school gardens during the summer months, and encourages water conservation on school campuses by installing automated drip irrigation systems.
SGN offers a comprehensive introduction to gardening fundamentals that focus on seasonal tasks and projects, plants & propagation, garden design & infrastructure building, and irrigation design and installation. Exploring this information through the lens of school gardens offer a unique perspective with regards to setting, scale and function. In conjunction with school worksites, we integrate field trips to local farms and educational gardens as an opportunity for teens to observe design and production at various scales and to get their hands dirty on working farms.
The Teen Apprentice Program directly supports + complements our Water Wise program, 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
Facilitate leadership opportunities for teens
2018 Program Results/Highlights
TEAM: 10 Teen Apprentices; 1 Master Gardener volunteer, Steve Ehrman; 1 SGN Program Manger Annie Klein