Participants in the Summer Apprenticeship Program learn the principles of operating a small urban farm, while exploring the challenges and opportunities to improving access to fresh, healthy food in the Indianapolis area. In addition they explore broader concepts of sustainability and wellness.
“The program is intended to immerse participants in real life training and activities related to the Growing Places Indy mission,” said executive director Laura Henderson. “We strive to empower individuals and communities to grow well, eat well, live well, and be well.”
Henderson says apprentices also lead educational experiences for youth and other community members, while investigating community-based food systems and the socio-cultural, health, economic and environmental implications of agricultural and food systems.
The Summer Apprenticeship Program is an educational initiative designed for any individual who can fully commit to the 10-week summer program, which runs from late May to early August at approximately 25 hours per week. Eight apprentices typically participate in the program each year. Henderson says last year’s apprentices ranged in age from 19 to 45. She says interested applicants can be from Indianapolis, or elsewhere, provided they are able to secure housing and commit to the program’s schedule.
The 2013 Growing Places Indy Apprenticeship Application is now available. The deadline for applying is March 15, 2013. After an initial application review, candidates will be contacted for an interview by April 1 and all applicants will be alerted of a final decision by April 15.