This 9 month entry-level program meets three days a week and will prepare students for careers in the agricultural sector. Each week will include dedicated class discussion on various agricultural production topics by the Farm Manager as well as professional life skills training by the Workforce Training Program Manager. The remainder of time will be spent working on a variety of tasks that support the farm operations (leadership, customer service and retail). Students will receive instruction and training on work tasks relevant to supporting a small non-profit vegetable farm and on-site farm stand.

Program length: Mar. – Dec. 2020
When: Program runs Wed., Thurs.,and Fridays. 3-5 hours/day; flexible schedule depending on students’ availability.
Start time: 1:00 p.m.
Where: Food Bank of Delaware; 222 Lake Drive, Newark, DE 19702

Program requirements:

  • 16-18 years of age
  • Receiving Delaware Social Services benefits or family income is below 200% of poverty limit

Course will include general instruction/ training regarding:
• High-tunnel/indoor production
• Basic soil science and entomology
• Seedling biology/propagation
• Plant pathogen management
• Composting/nutrient/water management
• Cover crops/green manures
• Crop rotations/companion planting
• Food safety on/off the farm
• Farm business basics
• Field trips
• Training from industry experts

We provide student job placement in entry-level positions:
• Small-Scale Agriculture
• Nurseries/Horticulture
• Land Maintenance/Management

Students will train under the guidance of Farm Manager Kyle Brolis at the farm at the Food Bank of Delaware at 222 Lake Drive in Newark.

THERE IS NO COST TO STUDENTS FOR THE TRAINING PROGRAM!

INCLUDES HOURLY WAGE OF $10/HOUR FOR 10-15 HOURS PER WEEK FOR JOB EXPERIENCE!

For more information:
Lisa Grinnage
Workforce Training Program Manager
(302) 444-8076
lgrinnage@fbd.org