New Grants Support Apprenticeship, Training Manual Project, Scholarship Effort

02/28/2012 | CASFS

A grant of $25,000 from Gaia Fund will support initial steps in the revision of the two Center for Agroecology & Sustainable Food Systems (CASFS) Apprenticeship training manuals, Teaching Organic Farming & Gardening: Resources for Instructors, and Teaching Direct Marketing and Small Farm Viability: Resources for Instructors. These manuals, published originally in 2003 and 2005, will be updated and expanded over the next two years. You can view or download the current manuals online. We are grateful for Gaia Fund’s generous grant to seed this project.

The Eucalyptus Foundation has announced a $128,000 grant to CASFS for the Apprenticeship Program. This generous grant will cover core salaries of the Apprenticeship instructors who are the Garden Managers and Farm Field Manager. The work of the Apprenticeship supported by this grant will include training 39 new apprentices in the 2012 Apprenticeship, training second year apprentices and the further development of their advanced training over the winter months, and staff time working on special projects like the training manuals and the Apprenticeship alumni website. By providing core support for the Apprenticeship, this vital funding also will help the Apprenticeship staff and apprentices create and maintain the vibrant Farm & Garden sites used for organic production, demonstration, education and research.

We are grateful to have been chosen by the AgaDino Foundation for a grant of $5,000 to support a scholarship for an apprentice who otherwise would not be able to attend the program. The AgaDino Foundation board members do research on organizations that inspire them with the goal each year of honoring and celebrating organizations that do good work in the world.  We are happily passing this $5000 in support on to the scholarship recipient who will begin the 2012 Apprenticeship this April.

We are so fortunate to have these and many other supporters who believe in the work of the Apprenticeship. Dozens of former apprentices made year-end donations ranging from $25 to $1000 this year, and other vital support came from Friends of the UCSC Farm & Garden and other donors contributing to the Friends, CASFS, and the Apprenticeship. Many thanks to everyone.

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