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 can be a life-changing experience—but is filled with hard work! This is a full-time, year-long commitment reporting to our farm manager. While the majority of time is spent farming, participants also support in-store demos and other community-building events. 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 the indoor farming industry and beyond.
Our newsletters, social media, website, and farm tours are great places to learn more about future programs. Typically, our Brooklyn program runs from November to October with the application process opening the preceding June. Information about new farming campuses will be available soon.Sign up