By Erika Longino, Sustainability Resource Center
This week the Edible Campus Gardens will be launching a new garden certification program!
The Edible Campus Gardens Apprenticeship Program is a self-directed, comprehensive educational opportunity for anyone. You can go at your own pace, experimenting and learning on your own, as well as getting one-on-one training from the campus garden stewards to boost your garden proficiency. You will be expected to know 10 Core Skills by the end of the training. These include:
- Planting and Transplanting
- Soil Fertility
- Plant Identification
- Composting Process
- Weed and Pest Management
- Vertical Gardening
- Cooking with Fresh Produce
When you have become proficient at these skills, you will receive a garden skill certification, which will bring you fresh food, jobs, and personal satisfaction guaranteed!
The brand-new certification program is free, informative, and accessible to everyone. We will be selecting apprentices based on enthusiasm for learning and willingness to work. No prior experience is needed, but you will be expected to come volunteer at least six hours a month. We will work with you at your own pace to help sculpt your gardening process into a tangible skill set!
We will be at EarthFest on Wednesday from 10am-2pm at the Marriott Library Plaza. We are also hosting an introduction/application taco party on Friday, April 24, with the taco bar provided by one of our on-campus partners, El Sillero restaurant! Looking for more info? Sign up for our weekly updates.
We’re so excited, we’re going to wet our PLANTS!
Erika Longino is a garden steward with the Sustainability Resource Center’s Edible Campus Gardens.