Interested in becoming a Young Urban Farmer? Click HERE to download an application!
Applications for the Spring Semester must be submitted by Thursday, January 5, 2017.
Completed applications can be turned in at the Athens Land Trust office: 685 North Pope St.
Our Mission: Fostering Young Entrepreneurs who are Committed to Becoming Community Leaders
In 2013, Athens Land Trust established the Young Urban Farmers (YUF) program in partnership with the Clarke County School District (CCSD). Since its inception, the program has expanded from working solely with Classic City High School to collaborating with all 3 CCSD high schools. To date, the program has provided over 100 high school students with sustainable agriculture and entrepreneurship education, work experience and personal development.
The goal of the Young Urban Farmers program is to help Clarke County youth develop valuable, transferable skills that will enhance confidence and competence as they prepare to enter the competitive workforce. YUF experience a full year of farm life at Athens Land Trust’s two urban farms. In order to directly connect sustainably-produced food with a healthy lifestyle, YUF participate in a six-week Cooking Matters course. Cooking Matters teaches students about nutrition and gives them the opportunity to explore meal preparation using farm-fresh ingredients in the kitchen. Students enrolled in the YUF program also engage in a variety of activities exploring the themes of food justice, learning where our food comes from and how we engage in food systems. Throughout the program year, the students develop business plans, create sustainable agriculture-based products, and sell them at the West Broad Farmers Market.
The YUF Program runs from September through July. During the school year, YUF work an average of 8-10 hours per week. Summer offers a more intensive experience of 18-20 hours per week. YUF are paid a wage of $7.50/hour and receive the profits from their respective on-farm enterprises.
Thank you to the East Georgia Cancer Coalition for helping to support our Cooking Matters course this semester! We are grateful for this partnership!
Click On the Links Below to Learn More about the YUF Program!
YUF Program Coordinator
ALT Office: 706-613-0122
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