Youth Agriculture Project

Bennington & Manchester Youth Agriculture Projects 2011


“Summer Work & Learn” Program/Youth Agriculture Project

Have a look at the video from last year’s Youth Agriculture program in Bennington. A lot of things grew last year and it wasn’t just the plants!

Crew Worker: Openings in Bennington & Manchester

Crew workers learn to work together as a team in the Bennington area on several community gardens, at the farmers’ market, and on service projects within the community. Workers will learn various skills through participation in this job including:

  • Growing vegetables, herbs, and flowers
  • Working with tools
  • Financial management, entrepreneurial & customer service skills
  • Job skills, personal skills, communication, public speaking, working in a team

Specific Responsibilities

  • Complete work projects as explained by the crew leaders
  • Run a farmers’ market stand at the Farmers’ Market (Tuesday’s for Bennington Crew, Thursday’s for Manchester Crew)
  • Mentor to young children in gardening programs
  • Work as a team with your crew, being respectful of your leader
  • Be able to work independently
  • Participate in meetings and workshops
  • Participate in feedback sessions with your crew
  • Complete service projects in the community


  • Be respectful to the public at the gardens and farmers’ market
  • Behave appropriately, especially when working with younger people
  • Follow the safety rules and guidelines
  • Participate fully in workshops and activities geared at the social and personal development of you and your crew members. Be honest and respectful during sensitive conversations
  • This is a non-smoking environment

Schedule & Application – Bennington

  • Job runs from July 5-August 24, 2011 [option to start in May as a volunteer]
  • 20 Hours/week: Monday & Wednesday from 9-3, Tuesday from 10-6 [may vary]
  • Pay is $8.15/hr., you must be 16-21 years old
  • APPLICATIONS: You can download an application: Summer Work and Learn Application BENNINGTON 2011 or pick one up at The Tutorial Center, 208 Pleasant St., Bennington, VT
  • Application Deadline: Completed applications must be handed in at The Tutorial Center by June 3, 2011

Schedule & Application – Manchester

  • Job runs from July 5-August 25, 2011 [option to start in May as a volunteer]
  • 20 Hours/week: Tuesday & Wednesday from 9-3, Thursday from 10-6 [may vary]
  • Pay is $8.15/hr., you must be 16-21 years old
  • APPLICATIONS: You can download an application: Summer Work and Learn Application MANCHESTER 2011 or pick one up at The Tutorial Center, 3511 Richville Road, Manchester Center, VT
  • Application Deadline: Completed applications must be handed in at The Tutorial Center by June 1, 2011

The Tutorial Center and University of Vermont Extension offer education and employment to everyone without regard to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, disability, or any other characteristic protected by law.

The Tutorial Center Manchester has Moved!

After more then fifteen years in our original Manchester location on Richville Road we are very excited to announce we are now serving the community from an exciting larger location at 3511 Richville Road – the red schoolhouse – just down the road from our old building. Here are a few photos of our first day in the new space. Look for announcement on our “official grand opening” to come soon.

We are really looking forward to helping students and the community find success in their endeavors from this fantastic building!

Manchester Community & Education Garden Opens

The Manchester Community & Educational Garden, a joint project between The Tutorial Center, Transition Town Manchester and Manchester Elementary-Middle School has opened for the 2011 Season with a bang!

Have you reserved your space? Call Hilary Batchelor 802-824-4565 for more information. Or download the 2011 Manchester Community & Educational Garden Registration and send it in with your fee.

Act Global: Working to Improve Literacy Worldwide

TTC Executive Director Jack Glade recently had the honor of being a U.S. Delegate to the Social Enterprise World Forum, held in Johannesburg, South Africa.

In the context of the United Nations Millennium Development Goals, the World Forum was devoted to improving the success of social mission-related work – such as literacy, nutrition, housing, job development, healthcare – as anti-poverty weapons around the globe. As part of this international trip, Jack had the opportunity to work with peer nonprofit leaders from around the world on these global challenges.

Outside the walls of the World Forum, Jack hit the streets to visit and consult with South African social enterprises. Of special note was the chance to consult with the Kliptown Youth Program, an extraordinary community literacy organization in the heart of a severely disadvantaged township in Soweto, hometown of Nelson Mandela.

The Tutorial Center model of a multi-faceted community literacy organization is of great interest to fledgling literacy organizations working on the extreme challenge of conquering illiteracy in their communities as an essential stepping-stone to social and economic improvement.

Kliptown Youth Program One Laptop Per Child

Youth Agriculture Project

YAP Garden grows veggies – and confidence


The Bennington Banner
08/11/2010 10:27:23 PM EDT

Piper Hard, 21 months, and her father, Merrick Hard, consider the offerings Tuesday at the Youth Agriculture Project booth at the Walloomsac Farmers Market in Bennington. Randall Moon, a project participant, is at rear.

Wednesday, August 11, 2010 BENNINGTON — Two months ago, Sara Atherton said she would have had a difficult time identifying the vegetables in a large garden behind Mount Anthony Union Middle School.

But since then, the 17-year-old from Pownal and a handful of her peers each have put in 20 hours a week tending to the beds, harvesting produce and selling the vegetables at the farmer’s market — sprouting a new passion for gardening Atherton said she hopes to carry with her throughout her life.

The opportunity is provided by The Tutorial Center in collaboration with Vermont Department of Labor and University of Vermont Extension through the Summer Work and Learn program.

The program, in its fifth summer, is designed to provide education and job training to at-risk and out-of-school youth from 16 to 21 years old, but it also teaches a number of life lessons for the individuals, said Director Katherine Keys.

“A lot of them have never worked before, so this is a first job they can have on a resumé, and when they leave I write them a letter of recommendation, so it’s sort of a springboard to getting other employment,” Keys said. “We also go to nutrition workshops at the Department of Health to learn about good eating … and we’ve been to the Department of Labor to talk about how to interview for jobs.”

Individuals in the eight-week program get paid by the DOL to work 20 hours a week, and they are also able to take home some of the vegetables that are harvested. Other produce is given to Meals on Wheels and the soup kitchen, and sold at the Walloomsac Farmers’ Market.

“On Tuesdays, they have a table and a tent (at the farmers’ market) and we sell stuff, which is teaching them money management skills (and) customer service,” Keys said.

Students have also gone to local farms to do service projects in the community and get hands-on experience doing labor that is free to the farmers.

As much as the program is meant to give individuals knowledge about gardening and selling produce, Keys said it is also designed to boost their self-esteem and build teamwork skills.

Atherton said she’s worked before, but has never had as much fun at work as she has over the last two months. “I love this job. This is definitely the best job I’ve had … because you get to be outside all day and because of the people we work with,” she said.

The experience has made Atherton want to start her own vegetable garden in the future and do the program again next summer.

Chris Loomis said part of the fun of the summer work for him has been doing the landscaping in and around the gardens and tilling the beds. While Loomis said he doesn’t like eating a lot of vegetables, he said he’s learned a lot about them and has enjoyed seeing the labor he’s put into the gardens transform into the crops they are now. “It’s pretty cool seeing the garden bloom,” he said.

In addition to the garden behind the middle school, the group also tends to crops at sites in Pownal, North Bennington and another location in Bennington.

Keys said after the summer program concludes later this month, a few of the youth will continue working in the gardens for about five hours a week until the crops are all harvested.

In addition to the program based in Bennington, there is a second Summer Work and Learn program in Manchester where The Tutorial Center also has a location.

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