HABESHA Works is a green jobs training initiative that teaches basic skills in urban organic agriculture and agro-business development. HABESHA Works promotes sustainable agriculture as a tool for economic development within communities lacking adequate job resources and those experiencing barriers to healthy, fresh, high quality foods. The components of HABESHA Works focus on three primary objectives. They are:
Providing new skills and professional development training and education in sustainable agriculture to young adults.
Developing a community-based approach to health disparities by training individuals to produce and distribute organically grown vegetables in the local urban environment.
Establishing an economic development model that creates social entrepreneurship opportunities for participants to continue utilizing their training.
Based on these objectives, there are three cycles to this intervention effort. Below is a detailed description of activities to be completed at each cycle of the program:
Includes 60-hours of interactive classroom work to occur over the time span of 13-weeks
Instruction takes place twice a weekly with one 2-hour class session and one 4-hour lab session
Class sessions introduce trainees to the fundamental principles and practices of sustainable agriculture
Lab sessions provide trainees with hands-on experiences that reinforce classroom discussions
Lab sessions are held in the HABESHA Gardens Complex in addition to other identified urban farm sites
Sessions will include site visits to area urban farms and/or guest instruction from various farm experts
Involves up to 300 hours of extended training in an apprenticeship format
Trainees will engage in the construction and maintenance of a harvest site
Trainees will experience, from beginning to end, the skills needed to construct and manage an urban organic agriculture facility
Instruction will be facilitated by various urban and rural farm experts
Trainees will also be responsible for planting crops and maintaining them through harvest
Trainees will gain business development experience by working with an agro-business venture managed by HABESHA, Inc.
Trainees will distribute organic produce using both charitable and for-profit distribution methods (e.g. donations, CSA, farmers market, etc.)
Trainees will receive additional professional development training designed to offer students access to other job opportunities and/or prepare them to pursue entrepreneurial opportunities related to urban agriculture.
We are now accepting applications for the 2013 HABESHA Works Program. We will begin interviewing applicants in February through April and notify accepted participants by April 3. In order to be considered for the program, you must complete an in-person interview.
Please CLICK HERE to fill out the application online and begin the processing of exploring the opportunities in urban agriculture! SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS APRIL 1, 2014!