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Community Gardening Leadership Training seeks apprentices – Whidbey Island, WA

Community Gardening Leadership Training seeks apprentices – Whidbey Island, WA
The Good Cheer Food Bank and the Learning from the Land program of the Whidbey Institute are partnering to offer an 8-month training in community gardening and leadership skills, from March 15 – November 15, 2012.

We are seeking two motivated individuals who wish to gain skills for future leadership positions in the field of sustainable community gardening. The training will combine hands-on, practical growing skills in small-scale food production with the leadership skills needed to initiate and manage community gardening projects, to coordinate volunteers, and to implement education and outreach programs.

After the initial phase of training, each apprentice will move into a leadership position on a selected garden. Field trips to other community garden programs, and study, will also be an important part of the training.

There are currently three gardens in the program, located on south Whidbey Island, WA.
The Good Cheer Food Bank has a .4-acre intensive, volunteer-based, garden growing over 5000 lbs of produce annually for the food bank.
The Whidbey Institute has a .4-acre garden that is the living classroom for Learning from the Land service learning programs and provides produce to the Food Bank and Whidbey Institute programs. This garden works actively with the Whidbey Island Waldorf School, and is using several biodynamic practices. More biodynamic emphasis is desired.
The Langley Middle School Garden is a small (10 garden beds) garden that grows produce for the Food Bank, and is also a site for school educational programs and service learning.

Stipend and housing are included.
For a detailed training description, and application, go to

For more information, email Cary Peterson, Garden Coordinator,