Farm to Fork is an innovative student-farmer entrepreneurship program empowering youth to do real work, gain life skills and to become valuable partners in our local food systems. We are giving our kids the skills that they need to compete in the global marketplace; skills that are scalable and transferable locally, as well as globally. We want to give kids the experience of food from farm to fork: where food happens, how it happens, why it happens and how they can be the change-makers for a more sustainable future.
- Starting with a ten-week summer session, four high school sophomores will be paid an hourly stipend to build and transform a 30′ x 96′ hoop house across from ConVal High School into a garden, learning labs, and production center.
- Fellows will manage and run a collaborative CSA (community supported agriculture) with Farmer John’s plot, a non-profit based in Dublin focused on adult farm education.
- Over time, Fellows will also use the produce generated in the garden to develop high quality, value-added products for sale in our community.
- Fellows will have the opportunity to collaborate with mentors from Monadnock Art X Tech Makerspace in Peterborough, to innovate farm equipment and develop creative hands-on projects. They will also work with entrepreneurs from across the community to learn how a successful business functions and apply Lean Manufacturing Principles to the business of farming.
- During the school year they will be responsible for hoop house maintenance, committing four hours per week in the garden. The following year they will return as juniors to train another group of sophomores to carry the program forward.
- This job will give fellows the opportunity to gain valuable employability skills through co-creating an economically agricultural viable business model that gives back to the community.