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Apprenticeship

Apprenticeships expected to expand and diversify farm ownership in RI

Photo caption: Santa Toribio, an apprentice at Pat’s Pastured Farm.

Santa Toribio’s introduction to animal husbandry came over two decades ago, when she was a university student in Santo Domingo studying veterinary sciences. However, prior to this past summer when she received an SCLT apprentice position at Pat’s Pastured Farm, she had never worked on a small-scale, sustainable livestock farm.

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Marine veteran thrives in farm apprentice program

CRANSTON, RI—When Jamhal Latimer returned from four years of military service he wasn’t sure what was next. The adjustment period was challenging, and it was during this time of transition he turned to cleaner eating. Having never willingly eaten vegetables in his life, or known the benefit of real nutrition, Latimer’s homemade smoothies created an opening in his life’s path.

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‘City Farm becomes part of you’

Volunteers, interns, apprentices and staff share camaraderie, advice and a passion for organic gardening

Met School students Jeriliz, Noel and Alejandra in the greenhouse.

As the growing season ramps up, SCLT’s greenhouse at City Farm becomes a bustling place. Even with winter’s final storm (in April!) only just melting away, tiny sprouts are making their way through the soil on a recent Friday afternoon. Their progress is closely monitored by the skilled staff, high school interns and a revolving cast of devoted volunteers who drop in throughout the week to help out.

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New farming apprenticeship being offered

Photo Caption: SCLT’s Rich Pederson with City Farm Apprentice Nayeema  Eusuf.

By LEIGH VINCOLA/ecoRI News contributor

PROVIDENCE—This growing season the Southside Community Land Trust (SCLT) will introduce a farming apprenticeship specifically designed for veterans and minorities. Funded by a grant from the USDA’s Socially Disadvantaged Farmers and Ranchers Program, this is the first opportunity of its kind in the area.

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