Leadership Development

Our work is centered around the idea that young people can change their communities through access to healthy local food, educational opportunities, and dignified housing. At every stage of our work, youth leaders learn about and implement models of localized food systems that heal and regenerate ourselves, our neighborhoods, and our planet.

Taproot Collective connects Rochester youth to professional and educational employment experiences through partnership with RochesterWorks! and other youth-based programming. During the 2018 season, First Market Farm and Phillis Wheatley Library Garden will be two main host sites for our Organic Land Care interns.

All participants in this program will develop skills in community and civic engagement through group activities and projects and will focus their daily work on organic land care and landscape design in urban settings. Participants with an interest in gardening, basic carpentry and masonry work, and landscape design as well as social justice and community leadership will find this work experience especially meaningful. Participants interested in co-facilitating small family workshops on gardening with an adult facilitator will have the opportunity to do so.

At the end of this work experience opportunity, participants will be able to:

  • identify the four main principles of organic land care and apply them in each of the two work spaces.
  • tend to existing plants and install new permaculture garden beds.
  • create material lists and arrange for acquire materials and tools
  • design and install a small irrigation system.
  • describe and use work safety tools and precautions related to landscaping and simple carpentry.
  • describe the mission of each community garden space to different audiences (community members,community leaders, and customers).
  • engage in constructive (‘workplace’) communication
  • engage in meaningful reflections and offer feedback