What will I be doing specifically?
What will I learn….
What are the most challenging aspects of this job? What attitudes/skills will teens need to be successful here?
The most challenging aspects of growing food are dealing with factors outside your control such as weather and plant disease. Taking care of plants also means things have to get done with specific time tables. Lots of carrying heavy boxes of produce and long, physically exhausting hours of weeding will be part of the job—but there are positives to these, of course, and all farmers must be good at the hard parts of the job. It will be HOT in the field! Repetitive work and the ability to work in many different weather conditions are needed.
Engaging in conversation/discussions about food and social justice can be uncomfortable sometimes but very rewarding in the long run. Teens will need perseverance, and good humor to be successful here.
This work matters because….
Everyone has to eat to survive and having power over what we eat and how that food is grown is a super important part of food justice. Becoming familiar with our community and the happenings in the society of which we are a part of and contribute to is essential in giving us a feeling of place, belonging and purpose.