2022 Grow Getters Program

Grow Getters is a year-long program that provides hands-on training and mentorship with the goal to train and prepare the next generation of urban farmers. Aspiring farmers will receive ample training and mentorship for sustainable future farming practices and in result, strengthen Indianapolis’ local food systems. The program also provides hands-on farm job training, land access, equipment, mentoring, and new business development assistance.

The Grow Getters program brings to life Growing Places Indy’s vision to create a more just and equitable food system by offering needed resources to aspiring urban farmers. This year-long program will provide on-hand farm job training,  mentoring, and other business development assistance to new, beginning, and underrepresented farmers.

Timing

The application are now open and closes April 30, 2022. Applicants will be notified of acceptance by late May. Depending on the applications received, we may contact you for an interview during the evaluation period. Interviews will be conducted as applications are received.

Location

The program will be located on the Near Eastside of Indianapolis at 727 N Oriental Street, Indianapolis, IN 46202. 

Eligible Requirements

Eligible applicants must be 18 years or older and have at least one year of continuing education or work experience post-high school. To be accepted, a candidate must be willing to work hard, have a sincere interest in the subject matter and activities, desire to take on leadership roles, and grow personally. The 15-20 hours a week will be broken into onsite training, field trips, virtual learning, and self-paced activities. 

Please note: If selected, participation will be dependent on a successful background check.

If you can’t commit to a full year, you can select a specific term below.

Projected Program Schedule

During this time frame, we will present various topics but not limited to the following. 

2022 Season

Summer Term: June 7-August 27, 2022

  • Managing a CSA, farmer stand, and online store

  • Developing and pursuing a vision

Fall Term: September 5- November 19, 2022

  • Site design

  • Crop planning

Winter Term: January 2- March 4, 2023

  • Produce safety certification class

  • Funding and Utilizing Technology to Expand your Business

Spring Term: March 13-May 27, 2023

  • Nursery management

  • Preparing beds for planting and soil health maintenance

 

2021 Season (in progress)

Winter Term: January 3- March 5, 2022

  • Produce safety certification class

  • Funding and Utilizing Technology to Expand your Business

Spring Term: March 14-May 29, 2022

  • Nursery management

  • Preparing beds for planting and soil health maintenance

Please note: There will be breaks in the schedule during the holiday season.

Applications for the 2022 Season are now closed.

This program is made possible by