Young Grow Getters is a paid, six-week intensive hands-on youth agriculture program led by industry professionals in sustainable farming, culinary arts, food production, and technology, offering real-world experience and career-readiness skills. Growing Places Indy will teach students vital aspects of urban agriculture through a robust and engaging curriculum. 

Timing:

Applications are open and will close on April 30, 2021. Applicants will be notified of acceptance in mid-May. If selected, students will be contacted for phone or Zoom interviews. Ten students will be selected for the summer program. The program will start on June 7 and run through July 23, 2021. 

Location:

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

Eligible Requirements:

  • 15-18 years of age and a High School student within Marion County
  • Commit to six weeks of paid summer work (15 hours a week)
  • Willing to work hard and a desire to grow personally 
  • Commit one hour per day to take-home work during the program

What You Will Learn:

  • History of Urban Farming/Urban Farming
  • Crop Planning 
  • Organic Growing Practices
  • Food Safety
  • Career Readiness 

What to Expect:

During the Program, you’ll get your hands dirty and learn career readiness skills while working on our urban farm. 

Weekly activities may vary, but students should expect:

  •  We’ll check in as a group, and then you will be broken up into groups to tackle your farm tasks.
  • You’ll participate in agriculture lessons and be required to take home an hour of weekly readings and ‘listenings’ (videos, podcasts, etc.), which you will discuss as a group.
  • You’ll explore Indianapolis’ food scene and see the work of amazing organizations through weekly field trips to local organizations, including Tyner Pond, Indy Urban Acres, Public Greens Farm, and more. 
  • You’ll take a moment to check-in with your mind, body, and spirit and engage in gentle yoga sessions. 
  • You’ll attend workshops to learn topics, including farming 101, regenerative agriculture, financial, business planning, and more. 

During the program, you’ll work as a team on a final project. At the end of the program, you will be required to present a final presentation as a team. This will be an opportunity to showcase what you’ve learned. You’ll leave the program with new friends, connections, a resume, and skills that will benefit you throughout your life.