Youth Exploring Agriculture & Health (YEAH!)
2014 kicked off EarthDance’s YEAH! Program. YEAH! is an emerging approach to connecting young people to the natural world, healthy eating, and organic farming. In its pilot year, YEAH! has engaged young people through field trips to the farm, collaborations with the Ferguson-Florissant School District like the Work Experience Program, and employment with EarthDance’s Junior Farm Crew.
Junior Farm Crew
EarthDance Organic Farm School is now accepting applications from local high school students and recent graduates for our Junior Farm Crew (JFC) this summer! The Junior Farm Crew is a part of EarthDance’s YEAH! (Youth Exploring Agriculture and Health) Program. YEAH! provides young people with the opportunity to connect to nature, healthy food, and personal growth through learning and employment on an organic farm. The Junior Farm Crew will be led by James Young, a graduate of EarthDance’s Farm & Garden Apprenticeship Program and Ferguson-Florissant teacher. EarthDance will hire 8 young adults for jobs at the farm. Work shifts will take place M-F, 8am-12pm beginning on Monday, June 12th, and ending Friday, August 4th, 2017.
Junior Farm Crew members will gain skills in the following areas:
- Basic farm work, such as planting, weeding, and harvesting vegetables
- Public speaking
- Community outreach as an EarthDance representative at special events
- Preparing healthy meals & snacks
- Participating in workshops about our food system
- Personal development, teamwork, and leadership
- Participation in researching the community food system
- Opportunity to visit an eco-village in Rutledge, Missouri
Members of the Junior Farm Crew will earn $8/hr.
Who should apply (applicants should meet all criteria)
- Young people with a strong interest in working outside, gaining job experience, and learning about farming
- Ages 16-19
- Ferguson-Florissant residents
- Applicants able to commit to working daily, M-F, throughout the program
- Applicants willing to participate in a family income screening process
How do I apply?
Applications are available on EarthDance’s website at http://www.earthdancefarms.org/contact/join-our-team/
Make sure to complete parts 1 and 2. Please drop off part 2 of your application no later than Friday, May 12th at EarthDance’s office located at 233 S. Dade Avenue, Ferguson, 63135 between the hours of 8:30am and 4pm, Monday – Friday.
- May 3rd – Introduction to EarthDance Working interview on the farm
- May 12th – All completed applications due at EarthDance office
- May 17th – Group Interview on the farm
- June 12th – First day of work for Summer Junior Farm Crew
- Aug 5th – Final day of work for Summer Junior Farm Crew
Contact Youth Educator Kaitie Adams (314-521-1006 or firstname.lastname@example.org) with questions or for more information.
Work Experience Program
The Work Experience Program (WEP), a project of the Ferguson Florissant Special School district, provides students with opportunities to learn skills that will assist them in their future work places. These students work approximately 3-4 hours per week at their job site. Students placed at EarthDance have the unique chance to learn not only practical job skills and attitudes (hard work, efficiency, and having a boss, among others) they also are able to try their hand at organic farming (weeding, harvesting, preparation, and cooking) while also learning about farm practices, nutrition, and the environment.
OASIS: Catch Healthy Habits & Let’s Read, Let’s Move
In addition to partnering with the Ferguson Florissant School District (FSSD) for the Work Experience Program, we have partnered with a non-profit OASIS, an organization serving the health of older adults 50+ for Catch Healthy Habits (CHH). Catch Healthy Habits brings OASIS volunteers together with elementary-age children for discussion of healthy habits, healthy snacks, and physically challenging games. Both the children and seniors who participate in Catch Healthy Habits increase healthy behaviors after participating in the 8-week class series.
In 2014, EarthDance facilitated a session of Catch Healthy Habits at the farm, as part of YEAH! The program was deemed highly rewarding by both the adult volunteers and the boys of Ferguson’s Strength and Honor Summer Camp. This summer’s sessions of Catch Healthy Habits will also feature Let’s Read, Let’s Move, mentor-led reading and activity sessions.
EarthDance thanks the Mysun Foundation and the Dana Brown Charitable Trust for their support for the YEAH! Program.
YEAH! provides young people with the opportunity to connect to nature, healthy food, and personal growth through learning and employment on an organic farm.
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