General Duties: Apprentices will learn, from start to finish, how to prepare grounds, plant seeds, care for crops, care for grounds, harvest and pack produce for sale at market, sales and marketing, long term sustainability and educating the community. Apprentices will be asked to assist in garden tours, open volunteer work days, All Hands On Deck Project work days, classes and to help supervise and educate other volunteers.
Minimum requirements: Applicants should love food and healthy eating, be capable of working with minimal supervision on occasion, have good people skills, not mind heavy labor-intense work, and be able to work in all types of weather conditions.
Desired Experience (one or more of the following): Experience with 1) gardening, farming, or local foods; 2) working directly with children in an educational setting; 3) community/civic engagement; and 4) landscape design, construction and machine work.
The Apprentice Work Share Program is non-paid, however apprentices will receive a dedicated growing space at The Learning Garden for a minimum of 6 months, gain valuable skills and may keep 50% of the produce grown in their space. The Apprentice Work Share Program may be extended an additional six months upon completion of the initial six months. In the 2nd six months, garden commitment is personal time and does not require a teacher present.
Direct supervisors: GROW Local South Texas Executive Director and The Learning Garden Manager