The Growing Opportunities project of the South Central Community Action Program has begun accepting applications for its first greenhouse job training course, scheduled to begin in March.
Trainees will participate in an intensive 200-hour course lasting 20 weeks, aimed a low-income, unemployed adults. Training will take place in a classroom and a soon-to-be completed hydroponic greenhouse adjacent to Stone Belt in Bloomington.
Trainees will learn hands-on agricultural skills, develop soft skills transferable to any industry and receive job placement assistance upon graduation.
Priority deadline is February 27, but applications past this date may also be considered. Applications are available at www.insccap.org/pages/growingopportunities.
Training will be available at no cost to the participants. The City of Bloomington, Community Foundation of Bloomington and Monroe County, Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority, Indiana State Department of Agriculture, Old National Bank Foundation and Perry Township have awarded grants to launch Growing Opportunities and its greenhouses. Produce grown by Growing Opportunities will be sold year-round to local restaurants, grocers and the public. Revenue from produce sales will be reinvested into the program.
In addition, Growing Opportunities is seeking applicants for two paid internships, a Marketing Internship and a Nutrition Internship. Internships are 20 weeks, with 13-15 hours per week. Please see http://www.insccap.org/pages/openings for further information.
The project is also looking for volunteers.
“If you’re interested in urban farms, local food or social entrepreneurship, we need your help,” Growing Opportunities Manager Nicole Wooten said. “And if you miss gardening in the middle of an Indiana winter, we’ve got the perfect volunteer opportunity for you.”