The opportunities for growth here are nearly 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 2017, community crews are available in Richmond Rutland, Newport, and Winooski.

We are offering two 4-week sessions in 2017:
Saturday, June 17 to Sunday, July 16
Saturday, July 22 to Sunday, August 20

This is a paying job: $10 per hour, approximately 32 hours per week. The schedule is typically Monday through Thursday and two Saturdays.

Eligibility: Vermont residents ages 15 – 24. Must have reliable transportation to and from a designated meeting location Monday through Friday. Members provide their own housing.

Apply today!
We look forward to learning more about you.

 

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.

We are offering two sessions in 2017:
Saturday, March 11 to Thursday, July 13
Thursday, June 29 to Tuesday, October 31

AmeriCorps Members earn a weekly stipend and an Education Award.

Eligibility: Must be between 21-24 years of age to apply.

Apply today!
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. There are credit-bearing and paid opportunities. Please contact Paul Feenan at paul.feenan@vycc.org 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 participants explore a range of food and agriculture topics. They complete service projects, travel the state, and receive unparalleled education from food producers, policy makers, journalists, professors, homesteaders, chefs, doctors, and numerous other Vermont leaders.


Our summer session is Friday, July 14 through Friday, August 11, 2017.
Our fall session is Friday, September 8 through Friday, November 3, 2017.

The session is organized with six themes: Bounty; Plants-Animals-Soil-Water; Theory and Practice; Woods and Streams; Fostered Internship; and The Story of Our Food. Participants are immersed in each theme for 9 days, during which time they visit a variety of farm operations, complete hands-on work projects, visit colleges, enjoy quintessential Vermont recreation, and participate in seminars from experts such as food producers, policy makers, journalists, professors, homesteaders, chefs, doctors, and community leaders.4 pic collage 2

Venture Semester tuition covers room & board; program travel, activities & equipment; program coordination, supervision & administration. We are happy to provide specific information about program costs.

Tuition is $6,800 for 8 weeks, and $3,400 for 4 weeks.


When funding allows, scholarship awards are available to students interested in attending Venture Semester who need assistance paying for the program. We will consider several eligibility criteria including, but not limited to:

  • Financial Need
  • Vermont State Residency
  • Enrollment at a Vermont University or College
  • Sincere Passion to Participate
  • Merit

Students are invited to apply for Venture Semester scholarship funds. While the entire Venture Semester application is taken into consideration, this Scholarship Application is an opportunity for you to paint a clear and well-rounded picture of yourself.


If you have questions at any point during the application process, please contact Caelan Keenan, Program Manager: caelan.keenan@vycc.org

AmeriCorps VISTA and SerVermont support VYCC is hosting four 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.

Please contact Paul Feenan at paul.feenan@vycc.org for more information.

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.

Requirements:

  • 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.

Crew Leader positions vary in length. In 2017, we have three start dates:
Monday, March 27
Monday, May 22
Saturday, July 1
End dates vary.

These are AmeriCorps positions. AmeriCorps Members earn a weekly stipend and an Education Award.

We are now accepting applications for the 2017 season. Apply here.

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