SAPLINGs Middle School Farm Internship
Now enrolling for the 2019-2020 school year!
SAPLINGs is an empowerment internship for youth living in communities of color (6-8th grade) interested in farming and cooking. Our program is committed to uprooting racism in the food system through teaching participants how to grow and cook food sustainably, sell their produce at market, and host community dinners for our families and neighbors.
Half of our internship positions will be reserved for youth living in communities of color coming from neighborhoods affected by gentrification and/or food apartheid. Food apartheid is defined as the systematic and deliberate deprivation of access to healthy, accessible food for certain communities, usually communities of color. (Center for Health Journalism)
As a SAPLINGs Intern you will:
- Deepen your connection to the land through farming and cooking plant-based meals with other teens
- Learn sustainable and organic farming methods which you can implement in your own neighborhood and community
- Develop your cooking skills and your palette for farm-fresh food
- Learn about medicinal plants and how to heal short and long-term health problems by making your own natural medicine
- Deepen knowledge of social change movements (past and present) fighting for food and racial justice
- Gain an advantage in applying to our paid High School Program, DIG, and for leadership positions at SEEDS by developing your knowledge of farming, cooking, and food justice
- Run your own small business with other youth
- See yourself as a powerful change-maker in your community and beyond