‘Rooted’ empowers young adults to be agents of change in our food system, community, beyond.

Rooted at Carnation Farms is a 7-week summer employment and education program for teens to gain a deep personal understanding of the food system from seed to plate. We empower young people to become agents of change who use their unique voices, talents, and skills to challenge and reshape the food system. As an agriculture-based youth development program, we pay teens to work on our farm, inspire them to create change in their communities, and educate them with leadership, communication, economic, farm, and food skills.

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Rooted at Carnation Farms

‘Rooted’ at Carnation Farms is a 7-week summer employment and education program for teens.

The full-time program will leave teens with a deep, personal understanding of the food system from seed to plate. We empower young people to become agents of change who use their unique voices, talents, and skills to challenge and reshape the food system. As an agriculture-based youth development program, we pay teens to work on our farm, inspire them to create change in their communities, and educate them with leadership, communication, economic, farm, and food skills.

We hire youth ages 14 to 17 from local communities surrounding Carnation Farms in the Snoqualmie Valley, as well as the Greater Seattle area. We bring together young people from diverse backgrounds and experiences to form teams connected to each other and to the land. By building strong character in youth in our locale, we help build strong communities that value and support local farmers and farm products.

For youth who successfully complete the first summer program – Seed Crew – there is an option to apply for further seasons of ‘Rooted’ crews, and keep working with us year-round. Youth can continue developing their skills, working for pay, and giving back to their communities with increasing leadership over the academic year with Dirt Crew, the second summer season with Root Crew, and the final academic year season with Stewards Crew. Participating in all four sessions adds up to a full two-years.

 

Rooted Curriculum & Schedule

Curriculum
‘Rooted’ at Carnation farms incorporates curriculum and structure from other farm-based youth development programs such as The Food Project in Boston. We tailor our program to our unique rural location 25 miles east of Seattle, and have added a week-long cooking workshop.

 

‘Rooted’ youth will learn to
Use sustainable practices on our 8-acre organic farm
Cook nutritious food, gain kitchen skills, and plan delicious foods that they can prepare at home
Work hard in agricultural tasks as a team and apply new skills on a job
Explore important social issues like food justice and hunger

Sample weekly schedule

 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
MorningOrientation and farmer visit about upcoming week’s field work.

Field work: weeding, hoeing, planting, harvesting, collecting eggs, feeding animals, cleaning.
Morning meeting: Welcome, check-in, day’s schedule

Field work
Morning meeting

Travel by van to local food bank: stocking shelves, sorting food, cleaning the facility, working in raised garden beds, assisting clients.
Morning meeting





Field work
Morning meeting





Field work
Lunch
Group activity
Lunch
Group activity
LunchLunch
Group activity
Lunch
Group activity
AfternoonWorkshop on youth development topic, including leadership, teamwork, public speaking, personal developmentWorkshop on cooking, knife skills, nutrition, healthy lifestyle.

Veggie of the week.
Continue at food bank then travel back to Carnation Farms for food bank debrief.Workshop on food system, farm to plate, farming topics, environmental sustainability issues in agriculture
Reflection and integration of week’s activities

Apply to Rooted

Applications for Rooted at Carnation Farms for summer 2018 are closed. For summer 2019, please check here March 2019 to apply. In the meantime, visit our calendar of activities for fun ways to engage with our farm!

 

Rooted Program FAQs

How long is the program?

Rooted – Seed Crew is our entry-level summer youth program. The first day of the program is Monday, July 9th, 2018, and the last day is Friday, August 24th. This is a 7 week long program. If you successfully complete Seed Crew, you are invited to apply for Dirt Crew in the Fall, which is an academic year program that runs through the Fall and Spring.

 

What days and times to I have to be there?

Working for Rooted’s Seed Crew is a full time job, 5 days per week. We will work Monday through Friday, from 9am – 4:30 pm.

 

Do I get paid?

Yes! This is a paid summer job. You will receive a check bi-weekly, and will be paid $11.50 per hour. Participants are expected to work around 35 hours per week over the 7 weeks of the program.

 

Do I have to bring my own lunch?

Yes! Please bring your lunch, and a water bottle. We will have room to store lunches in a refrigerator, and we will have several water/snack breaks during the day.

 

What kind of work will I do?

As a member of Seed Crew, you will participate in:

  • Field Work – such as planting, weeding and harvesting produce
  • Care of Farm Animal Flocks – including as chickens, turkeys, and pigs
  • Cooking – you will learn skills and apply them in preparing meals on-site as well as at shelters and transitional housing sites where you will learn about food access issues
  • Farmers Markets – you will assist with our booth, and practice your outreach skills by talking to customers!

 

What if my family is going on vacation?

If you are unable to commit to attending the full 7 weeks of Seed Crew for any reason (including family vacations, sports leagues, etc.), we encourage you to apply for the next session of Seed Crew (Summer 2019) – so you can plan ahead and make sure you’re able to fully commit. Our farm depends on our Rooted workers just like the rest of our staff, and must be able to count on you to attend your shift every day.

 

Can I be fired?

Yes. Like any other job, you will be expected to follow job standards and behavior agreements. If those guidelines are broken, you can be fired. We will make sure that all expectations are very clear, and that we answer any questions you might have so everyone is on the same page. We want you to be safe, happy and healthy employees!

 

How can I get there?

Our Farm is located at 28901 NE Carnation Farm Rd., in Carnation, WA. Unfortunately, there is no direct access by Public Transit, but we encourage you to travel in an environmentally friendly way, whenever possible! Carpooling with fellow Rooted workers, biking, walking, or sharing fares on a rideshare service are all possibilities! You may be dropped off at the farm by friends/family; or drive your own vehicle.
We also have the capacity to pick up a limited number of participants at local transit hubs, including the Redmond Transit Center. Contact us if you have questions about transportation – we can help!

 

Can I show my family and friends where I work?

Of course! If you want to bring a visitor to the farm to show them all of your hard work, you can speak with your Supervisor and make a plan together to bring your visitor outside of your work hours. There are also many opportunities for folks to visit the farm during open events like our Farm Days. Check our online calendar for details!

 

Are there interviews?

Yes, there are! Before your interview, you will receive a list of questions to think about and prepare for. The interview process will involve some group activity as well as one-to-one conversation with a Carnation Farms staff member.

 

What is a workday like?

Every day is a little different. Seed Crew youth participate in farming (weeding, harvesting, planting, animal care), learn and apply cooking skills, prepare and serve meals at hunger relief organizations, and learn about sustainable farming, social responsibility and workplace skills in a series of interactive workshops. Each day is a mix of field work, games, workshops, and community-building activities.

 

Who are our adult leaders?

As a worker with Rooted, you will learn farm skills from and work directly with professional farmers on our Sustainable Agriculture team; you will learn cooking, nutrition and wellness from professional chefs and nutritionists; and will be supervised by a team of trained education and youth development specialists who will also lead many of your social issues workshops. You will get to meet farm apprentices and many other staff, as you get to know our farm and the many different roles that work together on farms like ours.

 

Who is eligible to participate?

Youth aged 14-17 are eligible to apply. Applicants must be 14 by January 1 of the year of application and have completed 8th grade. In addition, applicants must not turn 18 before August 15 of that summer. We hire youth from local communities surrounding Carnation Farms in the Snoqualmie Valley, as well as the Greater Seattle area.

 

What should I wear to work?

Be ready to get dirty! We work in all kinds of weather, including rain. You will be provided with Rooted t-shirts, and must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes for safety.

Questions? Contact us at Education@carnationfarms.org

Rooted Updates

Welcoming our new ‘Rooted’ crew

June 16, 2018

By Martha Marino, Director of Education

 

A hearty welcome to our 20 enthusiastic youth who will hold jobs at Carnation Farms this summer! Rooted launches July 9 with our Seed Crew working on the farm growing and harvesting produce and tending chickens and other livestock. They will also participate in workshops to learn about sustainable agriculture, food systems, and healthy cooking. Through weekly work parties at food banks in Carnation and North Bend, our Seed Crew will see the impact of hunger in our community and gain first-hand understanding about ways to help, including donating fresh nutritious vegetables from our farm.

We recently held an orientation for youth and their families, and the room was alive with energy as our 14- to 17-year-old workers turned in paperwork to become employees of the farm. For many, this is their first job, and what rewarding work it will be!

Over the 7-week employment and education program, they will grow in their leadership skills and bond with other youth from the Snoqualmie Valley and beyond. By the end of the summer, these skilled young people will be well on their way to becoming knowledgeable and engaged food citizens.

Check back here to read posts from our amazing Rooted Seed Crew workers! Throughout the summer, we will be hearing from them in their own voices about their experiences at Carnation Farms.

 

Fund a Rooted Teen

‘Rooted’ empowers young adults to be agents of change in our food system, in their communities, and beyond. ‘Rooted’ creates life-long leaders, inspired to take action and make positive change in their family, school, and neighborhood.

How can you help?

With your help, we can grow the farmers necessary to feed our community in a sustainable fashion.

When you fund a ‘Rooted’ teen it pays for:

  • Training from our Sustainable Ag and Education teams.
  • A weekly stipend to ensure a living scale of compensation

Fund a ‘Rooted’ Teen

It takes a lot to grow our next generation of food citizens. Your donation will directly our ‘Rooted’ teen program.

A Day: $110
A Week: $769
A Month: $3,333

Make your tax deductible donation for ‘Rooted’ here.

 

Rooted Curriculum & Schedule

Curriculum
‘Rooted’ at Carnation farms incorporates curriculum and structure from other farm-based youth development programs such as The Food Project in Boston. We tailor our program to our unique rural location 25 miles east of Seattle, and have added a week-long cooking workshop.

 

‘Rooted’ youth will learn to
Use sustainable practices on our 8-acre organic farm
Cook nutritious food, gain kitchen skills, and plan delicious foods that they can prepare at home
Work hard in agricultural tasks as a team and apply new skills on a job
Explore important social issues like food justice and hunger

Sample weekly schedule

 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
MorningOrientation and farmer visit about upcoming week’s field work.

Field work: weeding, hoeing, planting, harvesting, collecting eggs, feeding animals, cleaning.
Morning meeting: Welcome, check-in, day’s schedule

Field work
Morning meeting

Travel by van to local food bank: stocking shelves, sorting food, cleaning the facility, working in raised garden beds, assisting clients.
Morning meeting





Field work
Morning meeting





Field work
Lunch
Group activity
Lunch
Group activity
LunchLunch
Group activity
Lunch
Group activity
AfternoonWorkshop on youth development topic, including leadership, teamwork, public speaking, personal developmentWorkshop on cooking, knife skills, nutrition, healthy lifestyle.

Veggie of the week.
Continue at food bank then travel back to Carnation Farms for food bank debrief.Workshop on food system, farm to plate, farming topics, environmental sustainability issues in agriculture
Reflection and integration of week’s activities

Apply to Rooted

Applications for Rooted at Carnation Farms for summer 2018 are closed. For summer 2019, please check here March 2019 to apply. In the meantime, visit our calendar of activities for fun ways to engage with our farm!

 

Rooted Program FAQs

How long is the program?

Rooted – Seed Crew is our entry-level summer youth program. The first day of the program is Monday, July 9th, 2018, and the last day is Friday, August 24th. This is a 7 week long program. If you successfully complete Seed Crew, you are invited to apply for Dirt Crew in the Fall, which is an academic year program that runs through the Fall and Spring.

 

What days and times to I have to be there?

Working for Rooted’s Seed Crew is a full time job, 5 days per week. We will work Monday through Friday, from 9am – 4:30 pm.

 

Do I get paid?

Yes! This is a paid summer job. You will receive a check bi-weekly, and will be paid $11.50 per hour. Participants are expected to work around 35 hours per week over the 7 weeks of the program.

 

Do I have to bring my own lunch?

Yes! Please bring your lunch, and a water bottle. We will have room to store lunches in a refrigerator, and we will have several water/snack breaks during the day.

 

What kind of work will I do?

As a member of Seed Crew, you will participate in:

  • Field Work – such as planting, weeding and harvesting produce
  • Care of Farm Animal Flocks – including as chickens, turkeys, and pigs
  • Cooking – you will learn skills and apply them in preparing meals on-site as well as at shelters and transitional housing sites where you will learn about food access issues
  • Farmers Markets – you will assist with our booth, and practice your outreach skills by talking to customers!

 

What if my family is going on vacation?

If you are unable to commit to attending the full 7 weeks of Seed Crew for any reason (including family vacations, sports leagues, etc.), we encourage you to apply for the next session of Seed Crew (Summer 2019) – so you can plan ahead and make sure you’re able to fully commit. Our farm depends on our Rooted workers just like the rest of our staff, and must be able to count on you to attend your shift every day.

 

Can I be fired?

Yes. Like any other job, you will be expected to follow job standards and behavior agreements. If those guidelines are broken, you can be fired. We will make sure that all expectations are very clear, and that we answer any questions you might have so everyone is on the same page. We want you to be safe, happy and healthy employees!

 

How can I get there?

Our Farm is located at 28901 NE Carnation Farm Rd., in Carnation, WA. Unfortunately, there is no direct access by Public Transit, but we encourage you to travel in an environmentally friendly way, whenever possible! Carpooling with fellow Rooted workers, biking, walking, or sharing fares on a rideshare service are all possibilities! You may be dropped off at the farm by friends/family; or drive your own vehicle.
We also have the capacity to pick up a limited number of participants at local transit hubs, including the Redmond Transit Center. Contact us if you have questions about transportation – we can help!

 

Can I show my family and friends where I work?

Of course! If you want to bring a visitor to the farm to show them all of your hard work, you can speak with your Supervisor and make a plan together to bring your visitor outside of your work hours. There are also many opportunities for folks to visit the farm during open events like our Farm Days. Check our online calendar for details!

 

Are there interviews?

Yes, there are! Before your interview, you will receive a list of questions to think about and prepare for. The interview process will involve some group activity as well as one-to-one conversation with a Carnation Farms staff member.

 

What is a workday like?

Every day is a little different. Seed Crew youth participate in farming (weeding, harvesting, planting, animal care), learn and apply cooking skills, prepare and serve meals at hunger relief organizations, and learn about sustainable farming, social responsibility and workplace skills in a series of interactive workshops. Each day is a mix of field work, games, workshops, and community-building activities.

 

Who are our adult leaders?

As a worker with Rooted, you will learn farm skills from and work directly with professional farmers on our Sustainable Agriculture team; you will learn cooking, nutrition and wellness from professional chefs and nutritionists; and will be supervised by a team of trained education and youth development specialists who will also lead many of your social issues workshops. You will get to meet farm apprentices and many other staff, as you get to know our farm and the many different roles that work together on farms like ours.

 

Who is eligible to participate?

Youth aged 14-17 are eligible to apply. Applicants must be 14 by January 1 of the year of application and have completed 8th grade. In addition, applicants must not turn 18 before August 15 of that summer. We hire youth from local communities surrounding Carnation Farms in the Snoqualmie Valley, as well as the Greater Seattle area.

 

What should I wear to work?

Be ready to get dirty! We work in all kinds of weather, including rain. You will be provided with Rooted t-shirts, and must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes for safety.

Questions? Contact us at Education@carnationfarms.org

Rooted Updates

Welcoming our new ‘Rooted’ crew

June 16, 2018

By Martha Marino, Director of Education

 

A hearty welcome to our 20 enthusiastic youth who will hold jobs at Carnation Farms this summer! Rooted launches July 9 with our Seed Crew working on the farm growing and harvesting produce and tending chickens and other livestock. They will also participate in workshops to learn about sustainable agriculture, food systems, and healthy cooking. Through weekly work parties at food banks in Carnation and North Bend, our Seed Crew will see the impact of hunger in our community and gain first-hand understanding about ways to help, including donating fresh nutritious vegetables from our farm.

We recently held an orientation for youth and their families, and the room was alive with energy as our 14- to 17-year-old workers turned in paperwork to become employees of the farm. For many, this is their first job, and what rewarding work it will be!

Over the 7-week employment and education program, they will grow in their leadership skills and bond with other youth from the Snoqualmie Valley and beyond. By the end of the summer, these skilled young people will be well on their way to becoming knowledgeable and engaged food citizens.

Check back here to read posts from our amazing Rooted Seed Crew workers! Throughout the summer, we will be hearing from them in their own voices about their experiences at Carnation Farms.

 

Fund a Rooted Teen

‘Rooted’ empowers young adults to be agents of change in our food system, in their communities, and beyond. ‘Rooted’ creates life-long leaders, inspired to take action and make positive change in their family, school, and neighborhood.

How can you help?

With your help, we can grow the farmers necessary to feed our community in a sustainable fashion.

When you fund a ‘Rooted’ teen it pays for:

  • Training from our Sustainable Ag and Education teams.
  • A weekly stipend to ensure a living scale of compensation

Fund a ‘Rooted’ Teen

It takes a lot to grow our next generation of food citizens. Your donation will directly our ‘Rooted’ teen program.

A Day: $110
A Week: $769
A Month: $3,333

Make your tax deductible donation for ‘Rooted’ here.

 

Rooted at Carnation Farms

‘Rooted’ at Carnation Farms is a 7-week summer employment and education program for teens.

The full-time program will leave teens with a deep, personal understanding of the food system from seed to plate. We empower young people to become agents of change who use their unique voices, talents, and skills to challenge and reshape the food system. As an agriculture-based youth development program, we pay teens to work on our farm, inspire them to create change in their communities, and educate them with leadership, communication, economic, farm, and food skills.

We hire youth ages 14 to 17 from local communities surrounding Carnation Farms in the Snoqualmie Valley, as well as the Greater Seattle area. We bring together young people from diverse backgrounds and experiences to form teams connected to each other and to the land. By building strong character in youth in our locale, we help build strong communities that value and support local farmers and farm products.

For youth who successfully complete the first summer program – Seed Crew – there is an option to apply for further seasons of ‘Rooted’ crews, and keep working with us year-round. Youth can continue developing their skills, working for pay, and giving back to their communities with increasing leadership over the academic year with Dirt Crew, the second summer season with Root Crew, and the final academic year season with Stewards Crew. Participating in all four sessions adds up to a full two-years.

 

Apply to Rooted

Applications for Rooted at Carnation Farms for summer 2018 are closed. For summer 2019, please check here March 2019 to apply. In the meantime, visit our calendar of activities for fun ways to engage with our farm!

 

Rooted Program FAQs

How long is the program?

Rooted – Seed Crew is our entry-level summer youth program. The first day of the program is Monday, July 9th, 2018, and the last day is Friday, August 24th. This is a 7 week long program. If you successfully complete Seed Crew, you are invited to apply for Dirt Crew in the Fall, which is an academic year program that runs through the Fall and Spring.

 

What days and times to I have to be there?

Working for Rooted’s Seed Crew is a full time job, 5 days per week. We will work Monday through Friday, from 9am – 4:30 pm.

 

Do I get paid?

Yes! This is a paid summer job. You will receive a check bi-weekly, and will be paid $11.50 per hour. Participants are expected to work around 35 hours per week over the 7 weeks of the program.

 

Do I have to bring my own lunch?

Yes! Please bring your lunch, and a water bottle. We will have room to store lunches in a refrigerator, and we will have several water/snack breaks during the day.

 

What kind of work will I do?

As a member of Seed Crew, you will participate in:

  • Field Work – such as planting, weeding and harvesting produce
  • Care of Farm Animal Flocks – including as chickens, turkeys, and pigs
  • Cooking – you will learn skills and apply them in preparing meals on-site as well as at shelters and transitional housing sites where you will learn about food access issues
  • Farmers Markets – you will assist with our booth, and practice your outreach skills by talking to customers!

 

What if my family is going on vacation?

If you are unable to commit to attending the full 7 weeks of Seed Crew for any reason (including family vacations, sports leagues, etc.), we encourage you to apply for the next session of Seed Crew (Summer 2019) – so you can plan ahead and make sure you’re able to fully commit. Our farm depends on our Rooted workers just like the rest of our staff, and must be able to count on you to attend your shift every day.

 

Can I be fired?

Yes. Like any other job, you will be expected to follow job standards and behavior agreements. If those guidelines are broken, you can be fired. We will make sure that all expectations are very clear, and that we answer any questions you might have so everyone is on the same page. We want you to be safe, happy and healthy employees!

 

How can I get there?

Our Farm is located at 28901 NE Carnation Farm Rd., in Carnation, WA. Unfortunately, there is no direct access by Public Transit, but we encourage you to travel in an environmentally friendly way, whenever possible! Carpooling with fellow Rooted workers, biking, walking, or sharing fares on a rideshare service are all possibilities! You may be dropped off at the farm by friends/family; or drive your own vehicle.
We also have the capacity to pick up a limited number of participants at local transit hubs, including the Redmond Transit Center. Contact us if you have questions about transportation – we can help!

 

Can I show my family and friends where I work?

Of course! If you want to bring a visitor to the farm to show them all of your hard work, you can speak with your Supervisor and make a plan together to bring your visitor outside of your work hours. There are also many opportunities for folks to visit the farm during open events like our Farm Days. Check our online calendar for details!

 

Are there interviews?

Yes, there are! Before your interview, you will receive a list of questions to think about and prepare for. The interview process will involve some group activity as well as one-to-one conversation with a Carnation Farms staff member.

 

What is a workday like?

Every day is a little different. Seed Crew youth participate in farming (weeding, harvesting, planting, animal care), learn and apply cooking skills, prepare and serve meals at hunger relief organizations, and learn about sustainable farming, social responsibility and workplace skills in a series of interactive workshops. Each day is a mix of field work, games, workshops, and community-building activities.

 

Who are our adult leaders?

As a worker with Rooted, you will learn farm skills from and work directly with professional farmers on our Sustainable Agriculture team; you will learn cooking, nutrition and wellness from professional chefs and nutritionists; and will be supervised by a team of trained education and youth development specialists who will also lead many of your social issues workshops. You will get to meet farm apprentices and many other staff, as you get to know our farm and the many different roles that work together on farms like ours.

 

Who is eligible to participate?

Youth aged 14-17 are eligible to apply. Applicants must be 14 by January 1 of the year of application and have completed 8th grade. In addition, applicants must not turn 18 before August 15 of that summer. We hire youth from local communities surrounding Carnation Farms in the Snoqualmie Valley, as well as the Greater Seattle area.

 

What should I wear to work?

Be ready to get dirty! We work in all kinds of weather, including rain. You will be provided with Rooted t-shirts, and must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes for safety.

Questions? Contact us at Education@carnationfarms.org

Rooted Updates

Welcoming our new ‘Rooted’ crew

June 16, 2018

By Martha Marino, Director of Education

 

A hearty welcome to our 20 enthusiastic youth who will hold jobs at Carnation Farms this summer! Rooted launches July 9 with our Seed Crew working on the farm growing and harvesting produce and tending chickens and other livestock. They will also participate in workshops to learn about sustainable agriculture, food systems, and healthy cooking. Through weekly work parties at food banks in Carnation and North Bend, our Seed Crew will see the impact of hunger in our community and gain first-hand understanding about ways to help, including donating fresh nutritious vegetables from our farm.

We recently held an orientation for youth and their families, and the room was alive with energy as our 14- to 17-year-old workers turned in paperwork to become employees of the farm. For many, this is their first job, and what rewarding work it will be!

Over the 7-week employment and education program, they will grow in their leadership skills and bond with other youth from the Snoqualmie Valley and beyond. By the end of the summer, these skilled young people will be well on their way to becoming knowledgeable and engaged food citizens.

Check back here to read posts from our amazing Rooted Seed Crew workers! Throughout the summer, we will be hearing from them in their own voices about their experiences at Carnation Farms.

 

Fund a Rooted Teen

‘Rooted’ empowers young adults to be agents of change in our food system, in their communities, and beyond. ‘Rooted’ creates life-long leaders, inspired to take action and make positive change in their family, school, and neighborhood.

How can you help?

With your help, we can grow the farmers necessary to feed our community in a sustainable fashion.

When you fund a ‘Rooted’ teen it pays for:

  • Training from our Sustainable Ag and Education teams.
  • A weekly stipend to ensure a living scale of compensation

Fund a ‘Rooted’ Teen

It takes a lot to grow our next generation of food citizens. Your donation will directly our ‘Rooted’ teen program.

A Day: $110
A Week: $769
A Month: $3,333

Make your tax deductible donation for ‘Rooted’ here.

 

Rooted at Carnation Farms

‘Rooted’ at Carnation Farms is a 7-week summer employment and education program for teens.

The full-time program will leave teens with a deep, personal understanding of the food system from seed to plate. We empower young people to become agents of change who use their unique voices, talents, and skills to challenge and reshape the food system. As an agriculture-based youth development program, we pay teens to work on our farm, inspire them to create change in their communities, and educate them with leadership, communication, economic, farm, and food skills.

We hire youth ages 14 to 17 from local communities surrounding Carnation Farms in the Snoqualmie Valley, as well as the Greater Seattle area. We bring together young people from diverse backgrounds and experiences to form teams connected to each other and to the land. By building strong character in youth in our locale, we help build strong communities that value and support local farmers and farm products.

For youth who successfully complete the first summer program – Seed Crew – there is an option to apply for further seasons of ‘Rooted’ crews, and keep working with us year-round. Youth can continue developing their skills, working for pay, and giving back to their communities with increasing leadership over the academic year with Dirt Crew, the second summer season with Root Crew, and the final academic year season with Stewards Crew. Participating in all four sessions adds up to a full two-years.

 

Rooted Curriculum & Schedule

Curriculum
‘Rooted’ at Carnation farms incorporates curriculum and structure from other farm-based youth development programs such as The Food Project in Boston. We tailor our program to our unique rural location 25 miles east of Seattle, and have added a week-long cooking workshop.

 

‘Rooted’ youth will learn to
Use sustainable practices on our 8-acre organic farm
Cook nutritious food, gain kitchen skills, and plan delicious foods that they can prepare at home
Work hard in agricultural tasks as a team and apply new skills on a job
Explore important social issues like food justice and hunger

Sample weekly schedule

 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
MorningOrientation and farmer visit about upcoming week’s field work.

Field work: weeding, hoeing, planting, harvesting, collecting eggs, feeding animals, cleaning.
Morning meeting: Welcome, check-in, day’s schedule

Field work
Morning meeting

Travel by van to local food bank: stocking shelves, sorting food, cleaning the facility, working in raised garden beds, assisting clients.
Morning meeting





Field work
Morning meeting





Field work
Lunch
Group activity
Lunch
Group activity
LunchLunch
Group activity
Lunch
Group activity
AfternoonWorkshop on youth development topic, including leadership, teamwork, public speaking, personal developmentWorkshop on cooking, knife skills, nutrition, healthy lifestyle.

Veggie of the week.
Continue at food bank then travel back to Carnation Farms for food bank debrief.Workshop on food system, farm to plate, farming topics, environmental sustainability issues in agriculture
Reflection and integration of week’s activities

Rooted Program FAQs

How long is the program?

Rooted – Seed Crew is our entry-level summer youth program. The first day of the program is Monday, July 9th, 2018, and the last day is Friday, August 24th. This is a 7 week long program. If you successfully complete Seed Crew, you are invited to apply for Dirt Crew in the Fall, which is an academic year program that runs through the Fall and Spring.

 

What days and times to I have to be there?

Working for Rooted’s Seed Crew is a full time job, 5 days per week. We will work Monday through Friday, from 9am – 4:30 pm.

 

Do I get paid?

Yes! This is a paid summer job. You will receive a check bi-weekly, and will be paid $11.50 per hour. Participants are expected to work around 35 hours per week over the 7 weeks of the program.

 

Do I have to bring my own lunch?

Yes! Please bring your lunch, and a water bottle. We will have room to store lunches in a refrigerator, and we will have several water/snack breaks during the day.

 

What kind of work will I do?

As a member of Seed Crew, you will participate in:

  • Field Work – such as planting, weeding and harvesting produce
  • Care of Farm Animal Flocks – including as chickens, turkeys, and pigs
  • Cooking – you will learn skills and apply them in preparing meals on-site as well as at shelters and transitional housing sites where you will learn about food access issues
  • Farmers Markets – you will assist with our booth, and practice your outreach skills by talking to customers!

 

What if my family is going on vacation?

If you are unable to commit to attending the full 7 weeks of Seed Crew for any reason (including family vacations, sports leagues, etc.), we encourage you to apply for the next session of Seed Crew (Summer 2019) – so you can plan ahead and make sure you’re able to fully commit. Our farm depends on our Rooted workers just like the rest of our staff, and must be able to count on you to attend your shift every day.

 

Can I be fired?

Yes. Like any other job, you will be expected to follow job standards and behavior agreements. If those guidelines are broken, you can be fired. We will make sure that all expectations are very clear, and that we answer any questions you might have so everyone is on the same page. We want you to be safe, happy and healthy employees!

 

How can I get there?

Our Farm is located at 28901 NE Carnation Farm Rd., in Carnation, WA. Unfortunately, there is no direct access by Public Transit, but we encourage you to travel in an environmentally friendly way, whenever possible! Carpooling with fellow Rooted workers, biking, walking, or sharing fares on a rideshare service are all possibilities! You may be dropped off at the farm by friends/family; or drive your own vehicle.
We also have the capacity to pick up a limited number of participants at local transit hubs, including the Redmond Transit Center. Contact us if you have questions about transportation – we can help!

 

Can I show my family and friends where I work?

Of course! If you want to bring a visitor to the farm to show them all of your hard work, you can speak with your Supervisor and make a plan together to bring your visitor outside of your work hours. There are also many opportunities for folks to visit the farm during open events like our Farm Days. Check our online calendar for details!

 

Are there interviews?

Yes, there are! Before your interview, you will receive a list of questions to think about and prepare for. The interview process will involve some group activity as well as one-to-one conversation with a Carnation Farms staff member.

 

What is a workday like?

Every day is a little different. Seed Crew youth participate in farming (weeding, harvesting, planting, animal care), learn and apply cooking skills, prepare and serve meals at hunger relief organizations, and learn about sustainable farming, social responsibility and workplace skills in a series of interactive workshops. Each day is a mix of field work, games, workshops, and community-building activities.

 

Who are our adult leaders?

As a worker with Rooted, you will learn farm skills from and work directly with professional farmers on our Sustainable Agriculture team; you will learn cooking, nutrition and wellness from professional chefs and nutritionists; and will be supervised by a team of trained education and youth development specialists who will also lead many of your social issues workshops. You will get to meet farm apprentices and many other staff, as you get to know our farm and the many different roles that work together on farms like ours.

 

Who is eligible to participate?

Youth aged 14-17 are eligible to apply. Applicants must be 14 by January 1 of the year of application and have completed 8th grade. In addition, applicants must not turn 18 before August 15 of that summer. We hire youth from local communities surrounding Carnation Farms in the Snoqualmie Valley, as well as the Greater Seattle area.

 

What should I wear to work?

Be ready to get dirty! We work in all kinds of weather, including rain. You will be provided with Rooted t-shirts, and must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes for safety.

Questions? Contact us at Education@carnationfarms.org

Rooted Updates

Welcoming our new ‘Rooted’ crew

June 16, 2018

By Martha Marino, Director of Education

 

A hearty welcome to our 20 enthusiastic youth who will hold jobs at Carnation Farms this summer! Rooted launches July 9 with our Seed Crew working on the farm growing and harvesting produce and tending chickens and other livestock. They will also participate in workshops to learn about sustainable agriculture, food systems, and healthy cooking. Through weekly work parties at food banks in Carnation and North Bend, our Seed Crew will see the impact of hunger in our community and gain first-hand understanding about ways to help, including donating fresh nutritious vegetables from our farm.

We recently held an orientation for youth and their families, and the room was alive with energy as our 14- to 17-year-old workers turned in paperwork to become employees of the farm. For many, this is their first job, and what rewarding work it will be!

Over the 7-week employment and education program, they will grow in their leadership skills and bond with other youth from the Snoqualmie Valley and beyond. By the end of the summer, these skilled young people will be well on their way to becoming knowledgeable and engaged food citizens.

Check back here to read posts from our amazing Rooted Seed Crew workers! Throughout the summer, we will be hearing from them in their own voices about their experiences at Carnation Farms.

 

Fund a Rooted Teen

‘Rooted’ empowers young adults to be agents of change in our food system, in their communities, and beyond. ‘Rooted’ creates life-long leaders, inspired to take action and make positive change in their family, school, and neighborhood.

How can you help?

With your help, we can grow the farmers necessary to feed our community in a sustainable fashion.

When you fund a ‘Rooted’ teen it pays for:

  • Training from our Sustainable Ag and Education teams.
  • A weekly stipend to ensure a living scale of compensation

Fund a ‘Rooted’ Teen

It takes a lot to grow our next generation of food citizens. Your donation will directly our ‘Rooted’ teen program.

A Day: $110
A Week: $769
A Month: $3,333

Make your tax deductible donation for ‘Rooted’ here.

 

Rooted at Carnation Farms

‘Rooted’ at Carnation Farms is a 7-week summer employment and education program for teens.

The full-time program will leave teens with a deep, personal understanding of the food system from seed to plate. We empower young people to become agents of change who use their unique voices, talents, and skills to challenge and reshape the food system. As an agriculture-based youth development program, we pay teens to work on our farm, inspire them to create change in their communities, and educate them with leadership, communication, economic, farm, and food skills.

We hire youth ages 14 to 17 from local communities surrounding Carnation Farms in the Snoqualmie Valley, as well as the Greater Seattle area. We bring together young people from diverse backgrounds and experiences to form teams connected to each other and to the land. By building strong character in youth in our locale, we help build strong communities that value and support local farmers and farm products.

For youth who successfully complete the first summer program – Seed Crew – there is an option to apply for further seasons of ‘Rooted’ crews, and keep working with us year-round. Youth can continue developing their skills, working for pay, and giving back to their communities with increasing leadership over the academic year with Dirt Crew, the second summer season with Root Crew, and the final academic year season with Stewards Crew. Participating in all four sessions adds up to a full two-years.

 

Rooted Curriculum & Schedule

Curriculum
‘Rooted’ at Carnation farms incorporates curriculum and structure from other farm-based youth development programs such as The Food Project in Boston. We tailor our program to our unique rural location 25 miles east of Seattle, and have added a week-long cooking workshop.

 

‘Rooted’ youth will learn to
Use sustainable practices on our 8-acre organic farm
Cook nutritious food, gain kitchen skills, and plan delicious foods that they can prepare at home
Work hard in agricultural tasks as a team and apply new skills on a job
Explore important social issues like food justice and hunger

Sample weekly schedule

 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
MorningOrientation and farmer visit about upcoming week’s field work.

Field work: weeding, hoeing, planting, harvesting, collecting eggs, feeding animals, cleaning.
Morning meeting: Welcome, check-in, day’s schedule

Field work
Morning meeting

Travel by van to local food bank: stocking shelves, sorting food, cleaning the facility, working in raised garden beds, assisting clients.
Morning meeting





Field work
Morning meeting





Field work
Lunch
Group activity
Lunch
Group activity
LunchLunch
Group activity
Lunch
Group activity
AfternoonWorkshop on youth development topic, including leadership, teamwork, public speaking, personal developmentWorkshop on cooking, knife skills, nutrition, healthy lifestyle.

Veggie of the week.
Continue at food bank then travel back to Carnation Farms for food bank debrief.Workshop on food system, farm to plate, farming topics, environmental sustainability issues in agriculture
Reflection and integration of week’s activities

Apply to Rooted

Applications for Rooted at Carnation Farms for summer 2018 are closed. For summer 2019, please check here March 2019 to apply. In the meantime, visit our calendar of activities for fun ways to engage with our farm!

 

Rooted Updates

Welcoming our new ‘Rooted’ crew

June 16, 2018

By Martha Marino, Director of Education

 

A hearty welcome to our 20 enthusiastic youth who will hold jobs at Carnation Farms this summer! Rooted launches July 9 with our Seed Crew working on the farm growing and harvesting produce and tending chickens and other livestock. They will also participate in workshops to learn about sustainable agriculture, food systems, and healthy cooking. Through weekly work parties at food banks in Carnation and North Bend, our Seed Crew will see the impact of hunger in our community and gain first-hand understanding about ways to help, including donating fresh nutritious vegetables from our farm.

We recently held an orientation for youth and their families, and the room was alive with energy as our 14- to 17-year-old workers turned in paperwork to become employees of the farm. For many, this is their first job, and what rewarding work it will be!

Over the 7-week employment and education program, they will grow in their leadership skills and bond with other youth from the Snoqualmie Valley and beyond. By the end of the summer, these skilled young people will be well on their way to becoming knowledgeable and engaged food citizens.

Check back here to read posts from our amazing Rooted Seed Crew workers! Throughout the summer, we will be hearing from them in their own voices about their experiences at Carnation Farms.

 

Fund a Rooted Teen

‘Rooted’ empowers young adults to be agents of change in our food system, in their communities, and beyond. ‘Rooted’ creates life-long leaders, inspired to take action and make positive change in their family, school, and neighborhood.

How can you help?

With your help, we can grow the farmers necessary to feed our community in a sustainable fashion.

When you fund a ‘Rooted’ teen it pays for:

  • Training from our Sustainable Ag and Education teams.
  • A weekly stipend to ensure a living scale of compensation

Fund a ‘Rooted’ Teen

It takes a lot to grow our next generation of food citizens. Your donation will directly our ‘Rooted’ teen program.

A Day: $110
A Week: $769
A Month: $3,333

Make your tax deductible donation for ‘Rooted’ here.

 

Rooted at Carnation Farms

‘Rooted’ at Carnation Farms is a 7-week summer employment and education program for teens.

The full-time program will leave teens with a deep, personal understanding of the food system from seed to plate. We empower young people to become agents of change who use their unique voices, talents, and skills to challenge and reshape the food system. As an agriculture-based youth development program, we pay teens to work on our farm, inspire them to create change in their communities, and educate them with leadership, communication, economic, farm, and food skills.

We hire youth ages 14 to 17 from local communities surrounding Carnation Farms in the Snoqualmie Valley, as well as the Greater Seattle area. We bring together young people from diverse backgrounds and experiences to form teams connected to each other and to the land. By building strong character in youth in our locale, we help build strong communities that value and support local farmers and farm products.

For youth who successfully complete the first summer program – Seed Crew – there is an option to apply for further seasons of ‘Rooted’ crews, and keep working with us year-round. Youth can continue developing their skills, working for pay, and giving back to their communities with increasing leadership over the academic year with Dirt Crew, the second summer season with Root Crew, and the final academic year season with Stewards Crew. Participating in all four sessions adds up to a full two-years.

 

Rooted Curriculum & Schedule

Curriculum
‘Rooted’ at Carnation farms incorporates curriculum and structure from other farm-based youth development programs such as The Food Project in Boston. We tailor our program to our unique rural location 25 miles east of Seattle, and have added a week-long cooking workshop.

 

‘Rooted’ youth will learn to
Use sustainable practices on our 8-acre organic farm
Cook nutritious food, gain kitchen skills, and plan delicious foods that they can prepare at home
Work hard in agricultural tasks as a team and apply new skills on a job
Explore important social issues like food justice and hunger

Sample weekly schedule

 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
MorningOrientation and farmer visit about upcoming week’s field work.

Field work: weeding, hoeing, planting, harvesting, collecting eggs, feeding animals, cleaning.
Morning meeting: Welcome, check-in, day’s schedule

Field work
Morning meeting

Travel by van to local food bank: stocking shelves, sorting food, cleaning the facility, working in raised garden beds, assisting clients.
Morning meeting





Field work
Morning meeting





Field work
Lunch
Group activity
Lunch
Group activity
LunchLunch
Group activity
Lunch
Group activity
AfternoonWorkshop on youth development topic, including leadership, teamwork, public speaking, personal developmentWorkshop on cooking, knife skills, nutrition, healthy lifestyle.

Veggie of the week.
Continue at food bank then travel back to Carnation Farms for food bank debrief.Workshop on food system, farm to plate, farming topics, environmental sustainability issues in agriculture
Reflection and integration of week’s activities

Apply to Rooted

Applications for Rooted at Carnation Farms for summer 2018 are closed. For summer 2019, please check here March 2019 to apply. In the meantime, visit our calendar of activities for fun ways to engage with our farm!

 

Rooted Program FAQs

How long is the program?

Rooted – Seed Crew is our entry-level summer youth program. The first day of the program is Monday, July 9th, 2018, and the last day is Friday, August 24th. This is a 7 week long program. If you successfully complete Seed Crew, you are invited to apply for Dirt Crew in the Fall, which is an academic year program that runs through the Fall and Spring.

 

What days and times to I have to be there?

Working for Rooted’s Seed Crew is a full time job, 5 days per week. We will work Monday through Friday, from 9am – 4:30 pm.

 

Do I get paid?

Yes! This is a paid summer job. You will receive a check bi-weekly, and will be paid $11.50 per hour. Participants are expected to work around 35 hours per week over the 7 weeks of the program.

 

Do I have to bring my own lunch?

Yes! Please bring your lunch, and a water bottle. We will have room to store lunches in a refrigerator, and we will have several water/snack breaks during the day.

 

What kind of work will I do?

As a member of Seed Crew, you will participate in:

  • Field Work – such as planting, weeding and harvesting produce
  • Care of Farm Animal Flocks – including as chickens, turkeys, and pigs
  • Cooking – you will learn skills and apply them in preparing meals on-site as well as at shelters and transitional housing sites where you will learn about food access issues
  • Farmers Markets – you will assist with our booth, and practice your outreach skills by talking to customers!

 

What if my family is going on vacation?

If you are unable to commit to attending the full 7 weeks of Seed Crew for any reason (including family vacations, sports leagues, etc.), we encourage you to apply for the next session of Seed Crew (Summer 2019) – so you can plan ahead and make sure you’re able to fully commit. Our farm depends on our Rooted workers just like the rest of our staff, and must be able to count on you to attend your shift every day.

 

Can I be fired?

Yes. Like any other job, you will be expected to follow job standards and behavior agreements. If those guidelines are broken, you can be fired. We will make sure that all expectations are very clear, and that we answer any questions you might have so everyone is on the same page. We want you to be safe, happy and healthy employees!

 

How can I get there?

Our Farm is located at 28901 NE Carnation Farm Rd., in Carnation, WA. Unfortunately, there is no direct access by Public Transit, but we encourage you to travel in an environmentally friendly way, whenever possible! Carpooling with fellow Rooted workers, biking, walking, or sharing fares on a rideshare service are all possibilities! You may be dropped off at the farm by friends/family; or drive your own vehicle.
We also have the capacity to pick up a limited number of participants at local transit hubs, including the Redmond Transit Center. Contact us if you have questions about transportation – we can help!

 

Can I show my family and friends where I work?

Of course! If you want to bring a visitor to the farm to show them all of your hard work, you can speak with your Supervisor and make a plan together to bring your visitor outside of your work hours. There are also many opportunities for folks to visit the farm during open events like our Farm Days. Check our online calendar for details!

 

Are there interviews?

Yes, there are! Before your interview, you will receive a list of questions to think about and prepare for. The interview process will involve some group activity as well as one-to-one conversation with a Carnation Farms staff member.

 

What is a workday like?

Every day is a little different. Seed Crew youth participate in farming (weeding, harvesting, planting, animal care), learn and apply cooking skills, prepare and serve meals at hunger relief organizations, and learn about sustainable farming, social responsibility and workplace skills in a series of interactive workshops. Each day is a mix of field work, games, workshops, and community-building activities.

 

Who are our adult leaders?

As a worker with Rooted, you will learn farm skills from and work directly with professional farmers on our Sustainable Agriculture team; you will learn cooking, nutrition and wellness from professional chefs and nutritionists; and will be supervised by a team of trained education and youth development specialists who will also lead many of your social issues workshops. You will get to meet farm apprentices and many other staff, as you get to know our farm and the many different roles that work together on farms like ours.

 

Who is eligible to participate?

Youth aged 14-17 are eligible to apply. Applicants must be 14 by January 1 of the year of application and have completed 8th grade. In addition, applicants must not turn 18 before August 15 of that summer. We hire youth from local communities surrounding Carnation Farms in the Snoqualmie Valley, as well as the Greater Seattle area.

 

What should I wear to work?

Be ready to get dirty! We work in all kinds of weather, including rain. You will be provided with Rooted t-shirts, and must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes for safety.

Questions? Contact us at Education@carnationfarms.org

Fund a Rooted Teen

‘Rooted’ empowers young adults to be agents of change in our food system, in their communities, and beyond. ‘Rooted’ creates life-long leaders, inspired to take action and make positive change in their family, school, and neighborhood.

How can you help?

With your help, we can grow the farmers necessary to feed our community in a sustainable fashion.

When you fund a ‘Rooted’ teen it pays for:

  • Training from our Sustainable Ag and Education teams.
  • A weekly stipend to ensure a living scale of compensation

Fund a ‘Rooted’ Teen

It takes a lot to grow our next generation of food citizens. Your donation will directly our ‘Rooted’ teen program.

A Day: $110
A Week: $769
A Month: $3,333

Make your tax deductible donation for ‘Rooted’ here.

 

Rooted at Carnation Farms

‘Rooted’ at Carnation Farms is a 7-week summer employment and education program for teens.

The full-time program will leave teens with a deep, personal understanding of the food system from seed to plate. We empower young people to become agents of change who use their unique voices, talents, and skills to challenge and reshape the food system. As an agriculture-based youth development program, we pay teens to work on our farm, inspire them to create change in their communities, and educate them with leadership, communication, economic, farm, and food skills.

We hire youth ages 14 to 17 from local communities surrounding Carnation Farms in the Snoqualmie Valley, as well as the Greater Seattle area. We bring together young people from diverse backgrounds and experiences to form teams connected to each other and to the land. By building strong character in youth in our locale, we help build strong communities that value and support local farmers and farm products.

For youth who successfully complete the first summer program – Seed Crew – there is an option to apply for further seasons of ‘Rooted’ crews, and keep working with us year-round. Youth can continue developing their skills, working for pay, and giving back to their communities with increasing leadership over the academic year with Dirt Crew, the second summer season with Root Crew, and the final academic year season with Stewards Crew. Participating in all four sessions adds up to a full two-years.

 

Rooted Curriculum & Schedule

Curriculum
‘Rooted’ at Carnation farms incorporates curriculum and structure from other farm-based youth development programs such as The Food Project in Boston. We tailor our program to our unique rural location 25 miles east of Seattle, and have added a week-long cooking workshop.

 

‘Rooted’ youth will learn to
Use sustainable practices on our 8-acre organic farm
Cook nutritious food, gain kitchen skills, and plan delicious foods that they can prepare at home
Work hard in agricultural tasks as a team and apply new skills on a job
Explore important social issues like food justice and hunger

Sample weekly schedule

 MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursdayFriday
MorningOrientation and farmer visit about upcoming week’s field work.

Field work: weeding, hoeing, planting, harvesting, collecting eggs, feeding animals, cleaning.
Morning meeting: Welcome, check-in, day’s schedule

Field work
Morning meeting

Travel by van to local food bank: stocking shelves, sorting food, cleaning the facility, working in raised garden beds, assisting clients.
Morning meeting





Field work
Morning meeting





Field work
Lunch
Group activity
Lunch
Group activity
LunchLunch
Group activity
Lunch
Group activity
AfternoonWorkshop on youth development topic, including leadership, teamwork, public speaking, personal developmentWorkshop on cooking, knife skills, nutrition, healthy lifestyle.

Veggie of the week.
Continue at food bank then travel back to Carnation Farms for food bank debrief.Workshop on food system, farm to plate, farming topics, environmental sustainability issues in agriculture
Reflection and integration of week’s activities

Apply to Rooted

Applications for Rooted at Carnation Farms for summer 2018 are closed. For summer 2019, please check here March 2019 to apply. In the meantime, visit our calendar of activities for fun ways to engage with our farm!

 

Rooted Program FAQs

How long is the program?

Rooted – Seed Crew is our entry-level summer youth program. The first day of the program is Monday, July 9th, 2018, and the last day is Friday, August 24th. This is a 7 week long program. If you successfully complete Seed Crew, you are invited to apply for Dirt Crew in the Fall, which is an academic year program that runs through the Fall and Spring.

 

What days and times to I have to be there?

Working for Rooted’s Seed Crew is a full time job, 5 days per week. We will work Monday through Friday, from 9am – 4:30 pm.

 

Do I get paid?

Yes! This is a paid summer job. You will receive a check bi-weekly, and will be paid $11.50 per hour. Participants are expected to work around 35 hours per week over the 7 weeks of the program.

 

Do I have to bring my own lunch?

Yes! Please bring your lunch, and a water bottle. We will have room to store lunches in a refrigerator, and we will have several water/snack breaks during the day.

 

What kind of work will I do?

As a member of Seed Crew, you will participate in:

  • Field Work – such as planting, weeding and harvesting produce
  • Care of Farm Animal Flocks – including as chickens, turkeys, and pigs
  • Cooking – you will learn skills and apply them in preparing meals on-site as well as at shelters and transitional housing sites where you will learn about food access issues
  • Farmers Markets – you will assist with our booth, and practice your outreach skills by talking to customers!

 

What if my family is going on vacation?

If you are unable to commit to attending the full 7 weeks of Seed Crew for any reason (including family vacations, sports leagues, etc.), we encourage you to apply for the next session of Seed Crew (Summer 2019) – so you can plan ahead and make sure you’re able to fully commit. Our farm depends on our Rooted workers just like the rest of our staff, and must be able to count on you to attend your shift every day.

 

Can I be fired?

Yes. Like any other job, you will be expected to follow job standards and behavior agreements. If those guidelines are broken, you can be fired. We will make sure that all expectations are very clear, and that we answer any questions you might have so everyone is on the same page. We want you to be safe, happy and healthy employees!

 

How can I get there?

Our Farm is located at 28901 NE Carnation Farm Rd., in Carnation, WA. Unfortunately, there is no direct access by Public Transit, but we encourage you to travel in an environmentally friendly way, whenever possible! Carpooling with fellow Rooted workers, biking, walking, or sharing fares on a rideshare service are all possibilities! You may be dropped off at the farm by friends/family; or drive your own vehicle.
We also have the capacity to pick up a limited number of participants at local transit hubs, including the Redmond Transit Center. Contact us if you have questions about transportation – we can help!

 

Can I show my family and friends where I work?

Of course! If you want to bring a visitor to the farm to show them all of your hard work, you can speak with your Supervisor and make a plan together to bring your visitor outside of your work hours. There are also many opportunities for folks to visit the farm during open events like our Farm Days. Check our online calendar for details!

 

Are there interviews?

Yes, there are! Before your interview, you will receive a list of questions to think about and prepare for. The interview process will involve some group activity as well as one-to-one conversation with a Carnation Farms staff member.

 

What is a workday like?

Every day is a little different. Seed Crew youth participate in farming (weeding, harvesting, planting, animal care), learn and apply cooking skills, prepare and serve meals at hunger relief organizations, and learn about sustainable farming, social responsibility and workplace skills in a series of interactive workshops. Each day is a mix of field work, games, workshops, and community-building activities.

 

Who are our adult leaders?

As a worker with Rooted, you will learn farm skills from and work directly with professional farmers on our Sustainable Agriculture team; you will learn cooking, nutrition and wellness from professional chefs and nutritionists; and will be supervised by a team of trained education and youth development specialists who will also lead many of your social issues workshops. You will get to meet farm apprentices and many other staff, as you get to know our farm and the many different roles that work together on farms like ours.

 

Who is eligible to participate?

Youth aged 14-17 are eligible to apply. Applicants must be 14 by January 1 of the year of application and have completed 8th grade. In addition, applicants must not turn 18 before August 15 of that summer. We hire youth from local communities surrounding Carnation Farms in the Snoqualmie Valley, as well as the Greater Seattle area.

 

What should I wear to work?

Be ready to get dirty! We work in all kinds of weather, including rain. You will be provided with Rooted t-shirts, and must wear long pants and closed-toe shoes for safety.

Questions? Contact us at Education@carnationfarms.org

Rooted Updates

Welcoming our new ‘Rooted’ crew

June 16, 2018

By Martha Marino, Director of Education

 

A hearty welcome to our 20 enthusiastic youth who will hold jobs at Carnation Farms this summer! Rooted launches July 9 with our Seed Crew working on the farm growing and harvesting produce and tending chickens and other livestock. They will also participate in workshops to learn about sustainable agriculture, food systems, and healthy cooking. Through weekly work parties at food banks in Carnation and North Bend, our Seed Crew will see the impact of hunger in our community and gain first-hand understanding about ways to help, including donating fresh nutritious vegetables from our farm.

We recently held an orientation for youth and their families, and the room was alive with energy as our 14- to 17-year-old workers turned in paperwork to become employees of the farm. For many, this is their first job, and what rewarding work it will be!

Over the 7-week employment and education program, they will grow in their leadership skills and bond with other youth from the Snoqualmie Valley and beyond. By the end of the summer, these skilled young people will be well on their way to becoming knowledgeable and engaged food citizens.

Check back here to read posts from our amazing Rooted Seed Crew workers! Throughout the summer, we will be hearing from them in their own voices about their experiences at Carnation Farms.

 

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