The work/study program is for high school students and takes place over a 4-week time period during the summer. Each student completes a project that demonstrates their understanding of the issues surrounding sustainability on a small island, the ethics and principles of permaculture, and contributes to the demonstration of a permaculture method in the community. Students will also learn project management and leadership skills.
GROW Exuma is a program dedicated to promoting sustainability on the island of Great Exuma through youth empowerment, community engagement, and practical demonstration of permaculture. The program began in 2017 with a generous grant from the Argus Fund that supported the entire program. In 2018, we will build on the aspects of GROW Exuma that were most successful and add new dimensions that will enhance our community visibility and accessibility.
The apprenticeship program provides a position for 1-2 young people to learn and practice working with permaculture systems, gain a true understanding of the need for sustainable food systems, natural ecosystems, as well as functional social and economic systems in an island community. In addition to farm management duties, Apprentices spend time in learning from traditional wisdom of elder farmers and contributing to projects like school gardens. In 2018, we hope to expand the program to include more possibilities for exploring marine-based permaculture.