Youth Garden Apprentice Program 2024


The Youth Garden Apprentice Program (GAP) provides first-hand experience cultivating organic vegetables, herbs, flowers, and perennials on our 1.25 acre site. The garden includes raised beds for seasonal vegetables and medicinal herbs, as well as fruit and nut trees, wildflowers, roses, and native plants. You will learn alongside qualified gardeners/urban farmers, fellow apprentices, and community members of all ages.

Applications Are Now Open!

APPLY HERE – 2024 GAP APPLICATION

Interested students, along with their parents & guardians, are welcome to join us for one of our upcoming info sessions:

  • Saturday, May 11th at 12PM @ the Wyckoff House Museum 
  • Thursday, May 16th at 6:30PM @ Virtual (Zoom link shared prior to event)

We will give an overview of this year’s program, review what the application process entails, and provide an opportunity to learn more about our historic house museum and farm.

INFO SESSION RSVP HERE

 

What our Garden Apprentices are saying:

What was your experience as a Garden Apprentice this season?
“My experience was very positive and what surprised me very (much was) that this was something I was actually into and decided to apply for college where I can pursue it more.” – Tristan

What skills have you gained this season?
“Learning how to interact more with different ages. Engaging with the youth more often.” – Danielle, returning Garden Apprentice

Help us continue to grow these programs by donating today!

Responsibilities include: soil cultivation, weeding, pruning, watering, planting, mulching, composting, cover cropping, harvesting, managing farm tools, engaging with community volunteers and on-site visitors, leading open-garden volunteer days, assisting with farmers markets and participation in farm-based workshops. Apprentices will have occasional “homework” including background reading about gardening and about the ways our urban food system operates.

Program Dates:

  • Summer Schedule: July 9 – August 31, 2024 (eight weeks, four days per week)
    • Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday (9am – 1pm or 2pm)
    • Saturday (assigned shifts between 9am – 4pm)
  • Fall Schedule: September 7 – October 26, 2024 (eight weeks, one to two days per week)
    • Weekday Afternoon option (tbd)
    • Saturday (assigned shifts between 9am –  4pm)

Key Apprentice Responsibilities

  • Farming and gardening: planting seeds and starts, harvesting vegetables, weeding, watering, composting 
  • Engaging with community members, volunteers, and visitors
  • Participating in  weekly workshops and field trips, facilitating a workshop for peers
  • Assisting with special events, including the weekly farmstand, public community workshops, seasonal programs and open volunteer days

Qualifications

  • You will be entering the 10th, 11th or 12th grade in Fall 2024
  • You currently have or will get your working papers (Employment Certification) 
  • You have or are able to set up a bank account to receive payment via electronic transfer
  • You live in Brooklyn. Priority will be given to students who live or attend school in East Flatbush, Canarsie, Brownsville, Flatlands or Flatbush
  • Interests
    • You are eager to learn about growing and taking care of plants
    • You want to explore the connections between food and people
    • You like being outdoors and enjoy working outdoors  in the sun, light rain, and with dirt
    • You are collaborative and willing to work alongside others as a part of the farm crew

Apply today! 2024 Garden Apprentice Program Applications are due May 31, 2024.

The Wyckoff House Museum is an Equal Opportunity/ Affirmative Action Employer and committed to the goal of building a culturally diverse staff. We strongly encourages applications from people of color, women, transgender, and gender nonconforming people.

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