Our famer apprenticeships are for youth looking for a way to get involved with school gardens over the summer! 

THIS IS A COLLABORATION BETWEEN LIFECYCLES PROJECT SOCIETY, MASON STREET FARM, THE YOUTH FOOD NETWORK AND SCHOOL DISTRICT 61.

To apply for the program, email the program coordinator (either Leah for Reynolds garden, or Eden for Vic High). Note that the Youth Food Network will not be running these programs throughout the summer, rather the gardener or farmer you are working with will be your point of contact.

 

 

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A true intensive with option to spend 2 days a week with a master gardener! 

Skills you will learn during this apprenticeship:

* planning, planting, and caring for a mixed-use vegetable garden 

* caring for perennials: herbs, berry bushes, and fruit trees

* soil care: compost, vermi-compost, mulching, and soil fertility

* irrigation: installation and repair

* preserving the harvest: canning, pickling, drying, freezing, etc.

* extending the season: planning the fall and winter garden

* community engagement and leadership skills: opportunities to learn and lead activities that help build relationships and foster our connection with each other and the natural world

*note that this program is different from the Vic High program in that it is a large mixed-use vegetable garden but not an urban farm

About Leah:

Leah is a graduate of Linnaea Farm Ecological Gardening Program on Cortes Island, and has been gardening for over 10 years. She currently works with LifeCycles as the Growing Schools Outdoor Educator and is coordinating the garden program at Reynolds Secondary. 

Spots available: 5

Location : 3963 Borden St.

Days of the week: Every Tuesday from 9:30am - 2:30 pm

Gardener: Leah

Contact Leah to apply! leah@lifecyclesproject.ca

 

GET YOUR HANDS DIRTY AND LEARN WHAT IT'S REALLY LIKE TO BE A FARMER!

Skills you will learn during this apprenticeship:

*soil basics, including insight into composting

*pest management

*insight into "a day in the life of an urban farmer"

*how and what to succession plant, care for, and harvest

*assessing plant problems

*insight into the business: how much needs to be grown, what restaurants want, etc.

*note that this program is different from the Reynolds Apprenticeship, in the way that teaching will be more so informal and time on the farms will mean hard work!

 

About Jesse:

Jesse is the founder of Mason St. City Farm and has been farming for over 10 years! He has a deep reverence for the interconnected and self managing structures of nature. He is the farm manager at Victoria High School. 

Spots available: 3

Location 1: 1260 Grant st.

Location 2: 1032 Mason st.

Days of the week: Every Second Wednesday

Farmer: Jesse

Contact Eden to apply! youthcoordinator@crfair.ca