Frequently Asked Questions: SeedTRAY-2 After-School Internship

What is SeedTRAY?
SeedTRAY-2 is an ongoing training program of Noyo Food Forest for youth of Fort Bragg and Mendocino coast communities – Training Youth and Beginning Farmers in Sustainable Specialty Crop Production and Water Management Strategies. SeedTRAY-2 is supported by a USDA funded grant from the California Department of Food and Agriculture.

SeedTRAY-2 offers experiential training to engage and inspire youth while increasing use of locally grown vegetable and fruit crops, particularly in school cafeterias. Youth will learn to grow specialty crops and to sell the specialty crops produced while developing important leadership, teamwork, diversity, and career skills.

The program delivers Summer Intern Intensives and seasonal after-school internships during the school year.

When can I apply?
Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis. Interns may begin completing their hours once Food Forest staff have received all of the paperwork. Click here for application: seedtray2-application

Who is eligible to participate?
Youth ages 14-19 are eligible to participate. Applicants must be 14 by January 1 of the year of application and have completed 8th grade. No exceptions will be made. Youth who live in and around the communities we serve are encouraged to participate.

What is the work like?
Every day is a little different. SeedTRAY-2 participants farm land at The Learning Garden at Fort Bragg High School (weeding, harvesting, washing, planting), sell produce at farmers’ markets, attend demonstrations and presentations. Each day is a mix of fieldwork, workshops, and community-building activities.

How long is the workday and when do we show up for work?
December 5, 2017 – March 8, 2018
Tuesdays 3:15-5:15pm
Wednesdays *Rotating Schedule* 1:15-3:15 garden / 1:15-5:15 farmers market
Thursdays 3:15pm-5:15pm
But the workday varies and so do schedules, so interns must work out their schedule with staff.

What are the dates of the program?
Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

What should interns wear for work?
Be ready to get dirty. We work in all kinds of weather, including rain. It is important to dress comfortably and to wear layers to adapt to the changing weather conditions near the coast. Even our classroom is a covered but open-air workspace. Please wear a sunhat, baseball cap, or something to protect your face. Close-toed shoes are mandatory.

How does one apply?
Fill out an APPLICATION. Applications are also available at the NFF office, through Julie Castillo, and the Safe Passage office.

In addition to the application, applicants must arrange to have submitted on their behalf two personal references from adults not in their family. A Reference Form and a Fact Sheet for Reference Writers are available for the applicant to give the person from whom they request the reference. Please contact our office to receive these forms.

Application materials will be accepted from now until November 30, 2017. Please drop off applications at the Noyo Food Forest office, mail to PO Box 974 Fort Bragg, or drop them off in our box in the Fort Bragg High School front office.

Who do I contact with questions?
Sara Kelemen, Garden Educator via email:  sara@noyofoodforest.org or phone 707-357-7680. We are happy to answer any questions you may have!