Youth Internship: SeedTRAY-2 Program

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

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 career, diversity, leadership, and teamwork skills.

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


This PAID internship opportunity with the Noyo Food Forest is a chance for you to learn about sustainable food production, gain valuable job experience, explore our local food system, and enhance your gardening skills. Activities will include:

  • General food-garden propagation: sowing, composting/building soil, bed prep, transplanting, watering & irrigation, harvesting
  • Farmer’s Market: presentation and marketing skills development, selling produce, sharpening your customer service skills, cash handling
  • Tasting the fruits and vegetables you helped to grow and considering how growing your own food cultivates a healthy lifestyle and community
  • Field trips and guest speakers
  • … and more!

WINTER SESSION is beginning December 5, 2017!
Youth ages 14-19 years old (must have completed 8th grade)
Where:  The Learning Garden at Noyo Food Forest
When:  December 5, 2017 – March 8, 2018 (12-week program)
Tuesdays 3:30-5:30pm
Wednesdays *Rotating Schedule* 1:15-3:15 garden / 1:15-5:15 farmers market
Thursdays 3:30pm-5:30pm

SeedTray2 WINTER Internship 2017 Application

SeedTray2 WINTER Internship 2017 Reference Form

If you have more questions see our FAQ. Or don’t hesitate to call us at 707-357-7680, or contact NFF Garden Educator, Sara Kelemen at We are happy to answer any questions you may have about this opportunity. Thank you, we look forward to building our community together!

*Funding for SeedTray2 was made possible by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Agricultural Marketing Service through grant AM170275030SC. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the author and do not necessarily represent the official views of the USDA. Intern stipend sponsored by The James G. Cummings Foundation.