Training Programs

Gain hands-on skills in urban agriculture and garden education

Our Training Program offers applicants the opportunity to gain hands-on skills in urban agriculture and garden education through work at Rooted programs: Troy Farm, the Troy Kids’ Garden, and the Goodman Youth Farm. Trainees will choose a focus area: Urban Farming or Garden Education.

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Urban Farming Training

Urban Farming Trainees will work primarily at Troy Farm. Troy Farm is a certified organic, diversified vegetable farm located on Madison's northside. Working side-by-side with farmers and staff, trainees learn small-scale, sustainable farming techniques applicable to direct-to-customer sales and wholesale production systems. Trainees can expect to gain experience in every aspect of small-scale vegetable production, from planning to implementation.
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Garden Education Training

Garden Education Trainees will work primarily at the Troy Kids' Garden and Goodman Youth Farm. Both programs serve children and youth ages 3-18 with outdoor, garden-based learning. At each site, trainees lead small groups of children in gardening, cooking, animal care, outdoor art, and other hands-on activities. Garden Education Trainees can expect to gain experience developing and implementing garden-based curricula and activities, while developing a working knowledge of vegetable gardening and small-scale farm management.
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Reflections from past trainees