Youth Camps and Apprenticeship Opportunities at EarthDance Farm near St Louis, MO
NCR-SARE grant recipient Rachel Levi is the coordinator of Camp EarthDance, a farm-to-table summer camp for middle school students. Campers are able to gain experience in a full season of hands-on training and skill-based education in sustainable agriculture. Camp EarthDance offers a fun-filled and educational environment in which young people can visit a local farm, watch how carrots grow, and learn how and why to prepare and eat a healthy, local foods-based lunch. Campers also “celebrate the culture in agriculture” by engaging in art, writing, and fitness activities that let them further explore what they are learning. Tuition is $150 for Ferguson residents and $175 for non-residents.
Adding to their list of opportunities, EarthDance also offers an EarthDance Organic Farming Apprenticeship for aspiring farmers and community food activists. The apprenticeship combines over 200 hours of field and market training, weekly enrichment sessions by agricultural professionals, and 6-8 tours of neighboring farms. This program covers a wide variety of training on vegetable, herb, seed, and flower production as well as pest and weed management, commercial production harvesting, CSA marketing techniques, and food preparation and preservation. The apprenticeship program runs from March-November for about 10 hours per week at Mueller Farm near St. Louis, MO. The apprenticeship tuition requirement is $750, payable in four installments with a limited number of scholarships available.
To fill out an application for the apprenticeship program, or to learn more about the summer camp program, visit www.earthdancefarms.org.
Want more information? See the related SARE grant(s) YENC12-053, Organic Farm to Summer Camp Table: Opportunities for Youth on an Organic Farm.