The opportunities for growth here are endless.

With a nationally recognized youth leadership development program, a superb geographical setting, and historic, fertile farmland, the Farm at VYCC places the next generation of agricultural leaders squarely at the junction of sustainable agriculture and food justice.

 

As a team, community crews work on several local farms to plant, grow, and harvest vegetables for local food-insecure families.
In 2018, community crews are available in Richmond, Newport, and Addison County.

2018 Program Dates: We are offering two 4-week sessions in the summer, June 17-July 13 and July 23-August 17.

Compensation: Crew members get $10.50 per hour plus a weekly vegetable share. The schedule is 8 a.m-5 p.m., Monday through Thursday and two Saturdays.

Eligibility: Vermont residents ages 15-24. Must have reliable transportation to and from a designated meeting location on work days. VYCC can assist with finding public transportation options (ex. Green Mountain Transit bus) for Corps Members as needed.

Ready to Apply?

We look forward to learning more about you.

 

 

Crew information: Members live in yurts or lean-tos with their crew evenings and weekends, and participate in the Health Care Share project.

Crews are co-ed and consist of up to eight Corps Members who come together from all walks of life to build strong bonds with each other and the surrounding environment. They work together to learn and practice sustainable agriculture, food-security projects, and complete nutrition and cooking courses.

Crews interact with food system and community leaders including farmers with varied operations, suppliers, medical centers, and hunger relief agencies. These interactions expose crews to a variety of future employment options and allow the opportunity to network with professionals in the field.

In addition to the projects, each workday holds many opportunities for building technical skills, exploring diverse perspectives during WoRD, gaining job and career building skills, and learning about the natural world. Corps Members develop leadership skills through a variety of hands-on activities.

Program dates: 

Rutland LDC Crew: Late May through mid-August*

Richmond LDC Crew: Mid June through late October*

*Exact dates still to be determined for both crews.

Compensation: AmeriCorps Members earn a weekly allowance, housnig, farm fresh food, a weekly grocery budget, and earn a Segal Education Award at the completion of service.

Eligibility: Between the ages of 21-24. Note: Rutland applicants can be in-college young adults.

Ready to apply?

We look forward to learning more about you.

 

Like all VYCC experiences, interns are members of a crew and participate in the Health Care Shares project through hands-on work in the fields and kitchen.

Program dates: Internships are set up on a case by case basis and generally are in the spring and fall after school hours.

Compensation: Hands on experience and sometimes, credit-bearing and paid opportunities.

Eligibility: Must be a Vermont high-school student with reliable transportation access.

To Apply: Please contact Paul Feenan, VYCC Food and Farm Director for more information.

This unique program offers opportunities in Vermont agriculture, food systems and public health to recent high school graduates. As a tuition-based program, Venture’s primary mission is to prepare participants for future academic and career opportunities. Corps Members enhance critical thinking and writing skills, visit Vermont colleges and universities, all while learning together what it means to live away from home, make new friends, and gain independence. VYCC works closely with Vermont Technical College, a member of the Vermont Higher Education Food Systems Consortium, to deliver this experience.

Venture Semester Dates and Tuition Fees: Summer: July 13-August 10. Tuition: $3,400 or Fall: September 8-November 2. Tuition: $6,800.

Interested? For more information, eligibility, and to apply check out the Venture Semester part of our website.

 

 

AmeriCorps VISTA and SerVermont support VYCC is hosting young adults in a year of service as AmeriCorps VISTA members. They gain experience in youth development, volunteer management, sustainable agriculture, and food security. Their service results in increased organizational capacity, community outreach, and program development.

Program Dates: Term of service can vary. Contact us for more information.

Compensation: AmeriCorps Members receive a weekly living allowance, farm fresh food, and earn a Segal Education Award at the completion of service.

Interested? Please contact Paul Feenan, VYCC Food and Farm Director for more information and application info.

 

Leading a crew is an adventure unlike any you’ve ever had before! As a teacher, work supervisor, and a role model, you will be responsible for building a community, ensuring your crew’s health and safety, and teaching life and job skills. By professionally managing your work project and ensuring high-quality standards, you’ll stretch your comfort zones and bask in the sweet rewards that follow.

Corps Members are between the ages of 15 and 24 and from all walks of life. We hire Corps Members of varied interests and talents, representing many social, economic, and geographical backgrounds. The combination of a diverse crew, excellent leaders, and high-priority conservation projects creates a dynamic and educationally rich experience.

Your season will begin with training, during which we will focus on teaching both technical and interpersonal skills needed to be a successful leader at VYCC, while also drawing out your own strengths and enhancing your existing skills. You will use what you’ve learned to transform your crew from a varied group of strangers into a tight-knit community. It will not be easy, but leading a group of young people in the process of seed to plate will teach you and your crew lessons you will use for the rest of your lives.

Program Dates: In 2018, we have three start dates. Contact Program Coordinator Andrew Whitehead and Program Manager Caelan Keenan for 2018 full dates.

Compensation: AmeriCorps Members receive a weekly living allowance, farm fresh food, and earn a Segal Education Award at the completion of service. Limited housing is available; please inquire to learn more

Eligibility:

  • 20 years of age
  • Good driving record and a valid driver’s license held for at least three years
  • Red Cross Standard First Aid/CPR or equivalent

We are looking for adult leaders who are ready for a challenge and enjoy working with young people as teachers, mentors, supervisors, and role models. Excellent leadership is the most crucial factor in determining a crew’s success. The level of professionalism, motivation, and sense of community on the crew is a reflection of the strength of the crew’s leadership.

VYCC fills Crew Leader positions on a rolling basis beginning as early as the fall that precedes the next season. Preference is given to early applicants.

Apply today!

Thank you for your interest. We look forward to learning more about you!