The average age of the American farmer is 58 years old. If we're going to change the food system, we need to create more pathways for young people to launch successful careers in agriculture.
One of the many ways Square Roots invests in the future of farming is through our Next-Gen Farmer Training Program—aimed at new farmers, or those at early stages in their careers. Farmers initially join Square Roots as Apprentice Growers—full-time, paid employees on our production farm teams, similar to traditional farm apprenticeships (but with benefits!). Through our proprietary training methodology and hands-on experience—all supported by our intuitive technology platform—Apprentice Growers rapidly learn the essential farm skills needed to move into permanent roles on the farm team and accelerate their careers.
We continuously evolve our training program to hone in on the skills and experiences that help employees become the best urban, indoor farmers possible. To learn more about how we are training farmers with COVID safety in mind, check out our recent blog post.