Harvest Corps Linking Northeast Farms with Local Labor
In late March, Blue Hill and Stone Barns Center partnered to launch resourcED, a program to support the independent local food movement during the pandemic and beyond. In response to the data collected in a Farmers Survey, resourcED initiated Harvest Corps, a program that links college students and unemployed hospitality professionals with northeastern farms experiencing labor deficits. WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms) has joined this initiative. The program will run from mid-August to mid-October. Participants will be engaged in on-farm work based on operators’ needs, and in exchange they will receive vibrant learning opportunities. When possible, participants will be connected with farms that provide room and board. All participants will engage in remote Community Supported Learning designed and presented by resourcED team leaders. The curricular aspect of the program will enrich participants’ experiences and provide a deeper connection to how their work and education fit into the greater food system. The deadline to apply to be a participant in this program is July 20, 2020.