Square Roots is an urban farming company with a mission to bring local, real food to people in cities around the world by empowering next-gen leaders in urban farming. Their Next-Gen Farmer Training Program provides an accessible pathway to the forefront of urban agriculture for more young farmers.
In March, Square Roots announced a partnership with Gordon Food Service to bring its farms and training program to their distribution centers across the continent.
This September, Square Roots launches the first season of its Next-Gen Farmer Training Program at their Michigan farm campus in Grand Rapids, located on the Gordon Food Service headquarters. They’re looking for ten passionate and dedicated future farmers to join the team. No farming experience is necessary—just the dedication and excitement to jump in and start learning.
During the year-long program, similar to traditional farmer apprenticeships, farmers learn skills through curriculum focused on plant science, controlled environment agriculture, business, and leadership, as well as hands-on learning-by-doing. After initial training in the modular, hydroponic growing systems, farmers are responsible for growing quality food on a consistent basis to meet customer demand—with the guidance of an expert Farm Management Team. Farmers are also integral to customer-focused marketing and community events.
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