An increasing number of urban farming models are framing their work through the lens of vocational training. While growing fresh, healthy produce in urban centers, greening our cities and educating residents about nutrition, social and environmental justice, and the perils of our current food system, participants learn marketable food system skills valued in the workforce. This workshop presents three models of urban agriculture-based workforce development. Presenters will explore these programs as an exceptional way to justify the dedication of urban land to agriculture and to validate ecological horticulture for job training and creation.
Corey Block, Urban Farm at Treasure Island Job Corps Center, San Francisco, CA;
Melissa Morris, Project EAT, Tennyson High School, Hayward, CA;
Gavin Raders, Planting Justice, Oakland, CA.