Applications must be submitted by April 15th, 2019
What is the Longmont Cultiva Youth Project?The Longmont Cultiva Youth Project is a youth leadership program in which youth ages 14-18 operate an urban organic farm, growing food for the Longmont community while developing leadership and job skills. As a member of the Farm Crew you’ll seed, tend and harvest organic produce for Growing Gardens’ Food Project, which provides fresh, healthy vegetables to community members in need. Throughout the summer, Farm Crew members deepen connections with our community by engaging in volunteer projects, and by gleaning and donating produce to local partners.
This is a great way to get hands-on job experience in an outdoor farm setting with a community of fun, respectful, hard-working people from all over Longmont! The Longmont Cultiva Youth Project farm is located at 950 Lashley St. in Longmont and is easily accessed by bike, bus, and by foot.
Goals of the Program:-Teach leadership and life skills through group work and peer leadership activities-Teach skills for healthy living such as cooking, and eating healthy organic produce, organic vegetable production and physical fitness. -Help youth develop job skills through practical work experience-Provide youth with valuable work experience -Create opportunities for youth to build skills in problem solving and decision making by offering feedback about changes to program
Farm Crew PositionProgram participants members must be 14-19 year old. Program participants work Tuesdays and Thursdays 7:30 AM - 12:30 PM for 9 weeks from June 4th - August 1st tending the farm, harvesting vegetables to donate to the community, gleaning, and learning about nutrition, cooking, and more.
Farm Crew StipendsFarm Crew members will earn up to Farm Crew members will earn up to $595 in stipends. Stipends are paid out in three even payments throughout the season: one third of the stipend is issued the week of July 15st, the second third is issued the week of August 15th, and the last third will be mailed on November 1st. Payment is contingent on each Farm Crew member meeting attendance requirements as outlined in the schedule below.
Farm Crew BenefitsIn addition to the stipend, Participants receive additional benefits to support healthy eating and cooking habits and skill-building for youth and the whole family.- Weekly shares of fresh, farm produce valued at $10-20 (based on farmers’ market prices)- Weekly $30 grocery gift cards - Seasonal recipes
Farm Crew Attendance RequirementAll Cultiva Farm Crew must commit to attending the full season above. Each Farm Crew member may have three excused absences throughout the season which are previously agreed upon with permission from a parent/guardian. We do not recommend missing more than 2 weeks of the program and will give priority to applicants who are able to commit to missing less than 2 weeks of the summer program.