Garden Apprentice: NOW ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS FOR 2015!!!
Fill out the Garden Apprentice (GA) application here!! We will always accept applications. If there is not a spot today, you will be placed on a waiting list.
What is the commitment? The commitment is one full growing season. You are expected to make weekly contributions in your garden (4-6 hours) and actively engage in your garden education. Each garden manager is different, with a wide variety of styles and strategies for your education. We attempt as best we can to place you with and educator that shares your interests, schedule availability and proximity.
What are the benefits? You will work side by side with an experienced, educated farmer/gardener in one UFC garden. You will learn what it takes to grow fruits and vegetables in the NW from planning in the Spring to cover cropping in the Fall. This is a free, hands-on education and we hope that you walk away with the confidence you need to grow your own food and hopefully, share what you have learned with the next generation of gardeners. In addition, you will earn one barter share. or “slug”, for each hour that you work in the garden which can be exchanged for the organic, neighborhood produced produce that we grow as a collective.
In general, working on a weekly basis gives you enough “slugs” to feed yourself with fresh produce all season. Our weekly produce barter market is held on Monday evenings from 6-7pm at the St. Andrews church on NE 8th and Alberta, from June 1st-October 31st. Typically, folks who make regular weekly contributions in the garden can earn enough barter income to purchase one week’s worth of produce for their households.