Empowering the next generation of leaders through urban farming.

Next-Gen Farmers

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 farming.

That's why we set up the Square Roots Next-Gen Farmer Training Program—to share the nuances of indoor urban farming and bring fresh, locally-grown food to ever-increasing populations in cities.

The Next-Gen Farmer Training Program

The year-long Square Roots Next-Gen Farmer Training Program puts farmers at the forefront of the indoor urban agriculture industry. No previous farming experience is necessary to apply — just the passion and entrepreneurial spirit to jump in and start learning.

Next-Gen Farmers are full-time employees of the Square Roots team. Similar to traditional farmer apprenticeships, farm skills are learned through both curriculum and hands-on training. As a commercial production farm, our farmers grow to meet demand for Square Roots customers. Our intuitive technology and experienced team combine to help our farmers become the best indoor urban farmers they can be.

Throughout the year, additional programmed lectures, workshops, and more cover a wide range of topics—from integrated pest management practices to real food entrepreneurship frameworks. Our mission is to empower the next generation of leaders, so this is a diverse and full program that touches many aspects of the indoor farming industry and beyond. The opportunities in front of successful alumnae/i are endless.

Key elements of the program include:

Learn to farm indoors.

Grow food in the tech-enabled systems of farming's future.

Study plant science.

Learn what's happening at the molecular level of the plant as it grows.

Get exposed to business.

Be involved at every step of the process from seedlings to sales, and study entrepreneurship frameworks that are applicable to any future startup.

Get involved in the community.

Engage with local agriculture and food systems, and inspire younger generations through local, youth-oriented organizations.

Farmers receive an entry-level wage, alongside subsidized healthcare coverage and other benefits.

Farmers seeding

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