Sustainable Agriculture Adult Apprenticeship Program

This Grow Dat adult program is an opportunity for adults interested in advancing their knowledge and skills in sustainable urban agriculture to learn through hands-on experience, instruction and support from mentor farmers. Work with our Farm Team, other apprentices and volunteers on our beautiful seven-acre site in City Park to help us reach our production goals. Over the course of the internship, interns will advance their knowledge and experience in:

  • Farm planning, sustainable ag. theory and practice
  • Weed recognition and abatement
  • Soil building and mulching
  • Composting
  • Cover crop selection, methods and rotation
  • Irrigation design and installation
  • Greenhouse and seedling propagation
  • Direct seeding/transplanting, seed variety selection
  • Succession planting
  • Harvest techniques, post-harvest handling, and marketing
  • Site and campus maintenance
  • Record keeping
  • Tool use and maintenance
  • Leading volunteer groups on farm tasks

Please note: These apprenticeships are focused on market-based agricultural training and have limited interaction with Grow Dat youth.

Requirements

Must be able to lift 50 lbs. Must be able to work outdoors in all weather conditions and perform a variety of farm tasks. Must be able to accept constructive criticism. Must have a positive attitude and be able to work as part of a team. Minimum commitment of 12 hours per week for 3 months. 9–12 month commitment ideal.

Work hours

12 hours per week—schedule can be flexible

Compensation and Benefits

The apprenticeship is un-paid but apprentices take home farm produce weekly and receive strong mentorship from the Farm Manager and Market Manager. It is also a great opportunity to work with a diverse team committed to building a more sustainable and food-secure New Orleans. School credit can be coordinated.

If you are interested in applying or have additional questions, please contact Farm Manager Leo Gorman. There is no written application and acceptance is rolling.

Grow Dat is an equal opportunity employer and encourages applications from women, people of color, persons with disabilities, LGBT and gender non-conforming people.