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Greenhouse Apprenticeship at the New
York’s Bushwick Campus Farm

Columbia Southern University

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Training & Development

Rosemary Galipalli

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

In
the United States, registered Apprenticeship has been used as a means to
produce skilled workforce for over 75 years. It is an exceptional training
designed to be undertaken on-the-job and it provides opportunities for both
workers and employers. This program is a platform for linking job seekers to
employers who seek qualified workers.

The New York’s Bushwick Campus Farm
promotes the growing of food crops in the City. 
It aims to improve Urban Farming through grassroots actions, education
and advocacy in its immediate community. Bushwick Campus Farm is rapidly
growing with a goal of taking responsibility of the community well being
through food security. The organization creates and maintains several urban
agricultural projects. The primary objective of this organization is concerned
with designing new and effective solutions to boost food-crops farming.

The New York based Campus Farm is registered
with the Department of labor’s Apprenticeship program, it seeks to relentlessly
recruit brilliant personnel to work at the agricultural Company through the
Registered Apprenticeship program as greenhouse subordinates. This program
offers tremendous advantages to workers by enabling them to achieve a secured working
future in addition to constant training and so improvement of productivity. The
trainings are done in flexible approaches under curriculums endorsed by the
department of labor. Through this program, the Urban Farming Company serves as
a national certified company. Apprentices work under the farm managers for five
days every week (Monday to Friday) and they will be engaged at their discretion
in other emerging summer jobs at the farm. They will, however, focus on
Greenhouse Maintenance in their daily activities. This apprenticeship is
designed to model those with little or no field experience in Greenhouse
maintenance and service. The working prospects will include propagation, plant
sales, hydroponics and coaching new recruits on the variety of skills they have
already achieved. The apprenticeship will also include active focus on
community engagement; outreach, education and production by having the learners
take regular field trips to predetermined agricultural sites. The apprentices
work in groups and attend a weekly workshop hosted by the director of the farm.

The apprenticeship focus of The Bushwick
Campus Farm is teaching necessary skills for food growing. Apprentices stand to
gain knowledge by observation, practicing, handling group duties assigned by
the manager and teaching others. Apprentices who prove to excel in the program are
issued certifications by the Department of Labor. The organization’s management
has a vast resource base spreading over the United States, Mexico and South
America. There is free interaction between the farm and teachers/ lecturers,
students, parents and the larger community. The Bushwick Campus Farm collaborates
with growers, scholars and activists from all states in the U.S.

The Company requires the
apprentices to work for 35 hours per week for a period of at least three months.
It seeks to recruit people who are social and independent, individuals who are
prepared to exercise creativity and leadership and who have a passion for
organic farming. The recruits must however have some basic formal training in food
justice, irrigation, propagation or growing soil; similar courses will be
considered. Interested persons should send their cover letters and resumes to
the supervisor using E-mail contact: [email protected] The Campus Farm
is located in Bushwick, Brooklyn at 400 Irving Avenue.

 

Reference

Just Food. (2013). Apprenticeship-
Bushwick Campus Farm.  New York NY.
Retrieved from www.justfood.org/farm-achool-ny