The Mission of Growing Strong is to provide paid summer employment to high school students from communities in Paterson and Clifton, enhanced by a youth development program that ensures college and career readiness. By working in an urban farming and market enterprise or educational garden camp program, interns positively engage with their community; benefit from purposeful mentorship and peer collaboration; and foster a personal connection to food systems, healthy eating, and the environment.
The Growing Strong internship program is open to students currently enrolled in 9th-12th grade, and who live in Paterson or Clifton. The program spans eight weeks in the summer from June through August. In addition to daily job tasks and responsibilities, crew members participate and complete youth development and skill-based workshop series on topics including sustainable agriculture; organic gardening; team building; and best practices for college and career readiness. Interns should look forward to working with children and adults to make a positive impact in their community by being stewards of City Green’s overall mission of good food for all!
This paid internship opportunity includes uniform shirts, lunch daily, and First Aid & CPR certification. Transportation may be available upon request. Interested applicants should select the Crew Member role they are most interested in. Please note that job responsibilities include working outdoors in nature for the entirety of the program.
Farms & Markets Crew Member
Work at the City Green Farms and Markets. Farming activities include: planting, weeding, watering and harvesting. Market activities include: preparing produce for market, setting up and running City Green Farm Stands and Mobile Markets, providing engaging customer service to local residents.
Farm Camp Crew Member
Assist City Green Staff in the implementation of the garden education curriculum, facilitates educational lessons, recreational activities, and farm chores with the campers (ages 5-8) at the Learning Farm at City Green’s Eco-Center in Clifton.
Garden Camp Crew Member
Assist City Green Staff in the implementation of the garden education curriculum, facilitates educational and recreational activities with the campers (ages 6-12) and assist in maintaining the Learning Garden in Paterson and the gardens at our community partners’ sites.
Unfortunately, we are unable to run a traditional Growing Strong Program this summer due to COVID-19. Please check back for other teen opportunities and next spring as we resume program recruitment.