Imagine the delights of garden fresh lettuce for salads, onions for grilling and carrots for soups. Growing vegetables is no doubt a challenge, but it comes with lots of rewards. Here are a few programs to get you started.
VOLUNTEER AT AN ORGANIC FARM
In exchange for one-half day of work, the World Wide Opportunities of Organic Farms (WWOOF) offers volunteers organic vegetables, accommodations and education. Some WWOOF farms go beyond veggies by teaching volunteers how to keep bees, build straw bale houses, work with animals, make wine and more. Explore the WWOOF Directory of Farms and you’ll find more than 1,300 participating farms and gardens across the U.S.
SEND YOUR TEENS TO VEGGIE TRAINING
The Center for Land-Based Learning (CLBL) in California educates teens and adults about agriculture and watershed conservation. GreenCorps offers farm-focused internships for teens, while FARMS Leadership brings them to farms and ranches for agricultural education and leadership training. Visit the CLBL website for more information and to learn about programs for adults.
GET FORMAL AT FARM SCHOOL
The Farm School in Massachusetts offers adult students a one-year, hands-on program in farming. Courses range from Crop Planning to Agricultural Business Planning, with an optional trip to Tuscany in the Winter. You can view the full course list here.
Let’s get growing! What vegetable would you most love to have growing in your own backyard?