Dig It STL!
We believe that young people are powerful, and that their involvement in our community food projects is the key to a healthy and sustainable future for St. Louis.
Dig It STL is a summer teen employment program that began the summer of 2015 in partnership with STL Youth Jobs. Each year, 15 teens are trained in urban agriculture and community leadership to work together toward healthy, hunger free communities. They work 20 hours per week for 8 weeks at The Gateway Greening Urban Farm. As a part of this program teens:
Plant, tend, and harvest vegetables and fruits on the farm
Learn sustainable agriculture practices through workshops, including topics like organic agriculture, ecology, soil science, pollution & climate change, and plant & insect biology
Network with other teens and employers through weekly working field trips with the St. Louis Youth Conservation Corps
Learn public speaking and facilitation skills, and practice them by leading volunteer groups and field trips
Build community gardens
Teens who complete the summer program and whose school schedules permit become eligible for more in-depth school year internship opportunities. We have internship partnerships with McKinley High School, Collegiate School of Medicine and Bioscience, and Clyde C Miller Career Academy and are open to developing more partnerships.
Dig It STL is recognized as an official partner with the U.S. Department of the Interior as a member of its 21st Century Conservation Service Corps.
This material is based upon work that is supported by the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, U.S. Department of Agriculture, under award number 2016-05198.