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Our Programs

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Farmer-In-Training - F.I.T.

Interested in farming but need some basic training?

F.I.T. is for you!

 

Growing High Point’s Farmer-In-Training program provides the opportunity to gain skills in agriculture practices. The training lasts for one growing season learning the skills, strategies, and techniques for running a successful agribusiness. Once training is complete, F.I.T. graduates have the option to adopt a plot of land and become part of the network of urban farm leaders. This program successfully graduated its first two participants in 2022, and started its second cohort of farmers in 2023.

Youth Employment & Enrichment

Youth Engagement and Employment Program Job Description

 

Growing High Point’s Youth Enrichment and Employment Program (YEE) is designed to offer youth ages 14-20 an employment opportunity to learn about the fields of urban agriculture and food entrepreneurship while also developing skills that will help them in their future careers. During this six-month program (April-October), YEE employees will spend at least 5 hours a week being mentored by GHP staff as they discover the importance of a robust local food system, nutrition as it relates to improving their health, and making an impact on their community. The YEE Program also incorporates enrichment activities such as field trips to community gardens and events. YEE employees work on our farms, in the food hub and on Growdega, our mobile market, as well as doing other various tasks. 

 

YEE employees can perform one or both of the following jobs:

 

Farm Assistant - YEE employees will learn about the benefits of organic farming while performing physical farm tasks, including but not limited to spreading mulch, pulling weeds, and harvesting produce and eggs within GHP’s urban farm network and Southside Community Orchard. 

 

Growdega Sales Assistant - YEE employees will have the opportunity to practice people skills as they interact with the public on Growdega at the High Point Farmers Market and other locations in High Point. Duties include set-up, merchandising, marketing, and selling food products and produce. 

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Farm-to-Senior
Produce Box Program

Our Farm-to-Senior Produce Box program emerged during the Covid-19 pandemic to provide additional relief to senior citizens within the city. Every week produce and other items such as eggs, milk, or bread are delivered to them directly from our St. Mary's Friendship Table Volunteers and GHP Staff members.

 

Our senior citizen participants are typically recommended to connect with us to participate in this program, but individuals from the community can also apply to receive a box so long as they meet our criteria to participate.

 

As of the end of 2022, we were able to deliver to over 20 participants of this program.

Interested in supporting a senior for a week?

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Volunteer With Us!

Our vision and mission would not be a huge success without the support of volunteers. We love having individuals to large groups come out and see what urban agriculture is all about!

In conjunction with High Point University's Center for Community Engagement, we utilize a volunteer management platform called GivePulse. All of our volunteer opportunities are listed here, and we invite you to check them out! If our listed volunteer opportunities don't fit in your schedule, please feel free to reach out to us.

 

*GivePulse is free for anyone in the community to sign up on*

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