Community Roots
A Garden Training Program for Young Adults
Community Roots is a new leadership training program with employment, community engagement and food justice at its core. The program is centered in the Hunter School Garden which has been a source of fresh food and pride in the South Fairbanks community for many years.


Become a Garden Leader

Join Kendalyn, Community Roots Program Director, in leading the way to a healthier future for our community!

Be part of a team of employed Garden Leaders who will:

    • Plant and care for the Hunter Garden
    • Lead young children in exploring the garden
    • Cook garden produce and teach others
    • Learn about Food Justice and food security
    • Learn how to run a farm stand
    • Work to create goals and action plans for neighorhood food security
    • Document the experience in the program using audio and video
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As a Garden Leader you will learn how to grow food for your community, gain work experience for your resume, develop strong community connections, and earn a living while you learn valuable skills! No experience is necessary - all you need is an interest in growing food and working with the community!

The application period for 2021 is now closed.
Applications for next summer will open in early 2022!

What is a Garden Leader?

Open to ages 17-24

Garden Leaders will gain work experience and job skills by engaging in hands-on garden training while growing food in the Hunter School Garden to distribute to the community throughout the summer as they learn about food justice, food security, and organic farming practices.

Preference will be given to applicants who live in the South Fairbanks neighborhood and have previously attended Hunter Elementary School. Black, Indigenous and people of color are encouraged to apply!

Program Dates: May 24th - August 19, 2021

Work Days: Monday-Thursday from 9am-1pm with breaks as needed. Starting at the end of June, we will go to the Southside Market on Tuesdays from 4-7pm to run a farm stand selling garden grown produce.

Graduation Event: Saturday, August 21st

Pay: $15/hr and a weekly veggie share

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Kendalyn Mckisick
Community Roots Director

Position Duties:

    • With guidance, complete garden tasks on time
    • Complete assigned readings to engage in group learning and conversations
    • Independent research on subjects of interest
    • Work with children in the garden to teach basic farm science education
    • With guidance, manage a tool library for the Southside community
    • Welcome volunteers and community members into the garden (this includes giving small trainings on how to use tools, giving tours, and/or public speaking)

Qualifications:

    • Interest in growing fresh food
    • Works well with others
    • Interest in building community through sharing knowledge and skills
    • Enjoys being outside
    • Enjoys working on a team
    • Eager to learn
    • Doesn’t mind getting dirty
    • Ability to get to the garden each day and the Southside Market

Garden Leaders will need to come prepared each day with:

    • Close-toed and durable shoes that you don't mind getting dirty
    • A hat to keep sun out of your eyes
    • A pair of garden gloves to protect your hands while using tools
    • A rain jacket for rainy days
    • A water bottle to refill throughout the day as needed
If you are interested in applying but have barriers to acquiring anything on this list, we can provide assistance!

Do you have questions about the program? Contact Kendalyn Mckisick, Community Roots Program Director at krmckisick@gmail.com or 907-378-7100.
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Your support makes this program possible!
The majority of the support for Community Roots comes from individuals like you! Click here to make a contribution towards the program!
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