Grow Pittsburgh offers educational training programs to youth and young adults. These programs are designed to introduce participants to working in sustainable agriculture, helping participants enter a food related career.
Grow Pittsburgh’s Urban Farmers in Training Program
Grow Pittsburgh’s Urban Farmers in Training Program provides local teens with the opportunity to gain summer employment while learning about the value of growing and eating healthy food. Our program has four components that are woven throughout the summer experience.
Learning to Grow Food
Every participant is intimately connected to the process of growing food from planting seeds, to garden maintenance, pest i.d. and harvesting. Students leave with skills that can be applied to other farm projects, community gardens or backyard gardens.
It is essential to make the connection between growing the food and actually preparing and eating the food. We focus on using seasonal produce from the farm to prepare easy and delicious meals with the youth.
Understanding the Food System
We run a series of workshops and discussions to help students understand the larger food system and the implications that they have on the health of the environment, the community and the individual.
Building Leadership and Public Speaking Skills
Each year we often hear that the highlight of the program is working with the public in selling farm produce at a weekly farm stand. Students are consistently given authentic leadership and public speaking opportunities through working the farm stand, leading tours of the farm, presenting in the annual youth garden summit and participating in our internal “leader of the week” program.
We currently run a summer intern program at Braddock Farms and at various garden sites throughout Homewood. These projects are made possible in collaboration with the Braddock Youth Project and The Homewood Children’s Village’s Bridge to College program.
The Urban Farmers in Training program runs from the end of June to the beginning of July at both sites.
Grow Pittsburgh’s Urban Farm Apprenticeship
In 2012, Grow Pittsburgh launched a formal adult intern and apprentice program to meet rising demand for more hands-on work in urban agriculture across the region. We offer apprentice positions at our Braddock Farms, Frick Greenhouse and Shiloh Farm sites.