Can You Dig It?

Here at Veggielution, our mission is to empower YOUTH and adults from diverse backgrounds to create a sustainable food system in San Jose. We strongly believe in the power of youth and the importance of bringing folks together to work towards change. Our Dig Crew program works with local high school students to create a positive community that centers around shared work, food, and land.

Need a Summer Internship?

Dig Crew is a summer program for high school students interested in learning about agriculture while working on our 6 acre community farm. Any student entering the 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grades in the fall is eligible to apply for the Dig crew. The program runs for 6 weeks, meeting Wednesday - Friday, with a few Saturday workdays and a field trip.

You will work with Veggielution staff members, other high school students, and volunteers to grow, harvest, cook and eat some delicious, locally grown produce. You will also learn about sustainable agriculture, health and nutrition, social justice, and environmental issues. Each week you will get to take home produce for yourself and your family. This program involves lots of farm work and participants are given a $300 stipend for their contributions to the farm.

As a summer Dig Crew member, you will learn important job skills while having an awesome time. We will spend the summer creating change in our community by helping provide healthy, local food to residents who need it.

How To Apply:

Applications open February 18, 2014, and are due by March 24, 2014!

1) Review all of the information on this page. Be sure that you are able to commit to the given dates without being absent more than three times.

2) Complete and submit the online Application by March 24th. Click here to apply online.

We can also accept printed applications sent to:
Monica Benavides
c/o Veggielution Community Farm
Emma Prusch Farm Park
647 South King Road
San Jose, CA 95116

3) Find a teacher that knows you well to fill out the Teacher Recommendation form online by March 24th. Teacher Recommendation Form now open!
*Make sure to ask your teacher at least one to two weeks in advance!*

4) You will get an email from us by March 25th confirming that we have received your completed application, and to set up an information session and group interview time between April 2nd-4th. This is just a chance for you to see the farm, and for us to get to know you better.

5) Final notification will made by April 11th.

Youth Leader:

If you have done Dig Crew before and want to take a leadership role,
Please check out our Youth Leader Information.

Dates:

June 25, 2014 - August 1, 2014

Wednesday, Thursday, Friday: 8:30am-2:00pm

Plus: 2 Saturdays (Specific dates to be determined)

Benefits:

  • Learn how to grow food
  • Make a difference in your community
  • Bring home produce for your family every week
  • Learn culinary skills
  • Earn $50 each week
  • Receive a personalized letter of recommendation
  • The experience you gain will be a great addition to your job and college applications.

Hear From Our Dig Crew:

“We’ve grown so many familiar (and unfamiliar) things here; it almost feels like another home.  Food brings me here to work; food brings us here to eat; food ties the community together.  I’ve learned to cook for myself and my family with what I have.  I’ve learned how onions and garlic and squash grow.  I’ve learned and plotted seasonal growth, I’ve learned the lay of the land and stuck my bare hands in the earth.”

“Being in Veggielution is like having another family.  We all learn from each other and at the end of Saturday we eat together and talk about our day learning how to grow and harvest your food.”

“Veggielution is amazing because it has allowed me to learn many things such as the history of food, activism, and public speaking.   We are youth ready to take on the world and we are hungry for change.”

“Veggielution has changed me, I am proud to say that I do not shy away on topics concerning food justice.  I have proven to myself that I have not only a good work ethic but also that I have leadership skills and a good attitude and passion for food and social justice.  I hope programs like Veggielution continue because they must in order to raise awareness and provide a hands on learning and growing experience.  Thank you Veggielution for helping me grow as a person.”

“There really is some sort of energy that brings out an extraordinary side in all of us”.

R-E-S-P-E-C-T

Just like Aretha Franklin, we’re all about it here at Veggielution. We hold respect for ourselves, each other and the property as our number one guideline in all that we do. This ensures that everyone feels comfortable and can have a good time. In order to do that, we all have to agree to certain standards of how we will act towards ourselves and others. So, we created some guidelines. On the first day, we will discuss guidelines to create an environment that is comfortable and fun for everyone. In order to become a part of the Veggielution community, you will be asked to agree to these guidelines in order to create a safe, fun environment for everyone.

Absences:

Everyone is allowed 3 excused absences. An absence is “excused” when you call the office 24 hours in advance at (408) 634-4999. You will not be paid for days you are absent. Family vacations should be taken before or after the program dates, not during, to avoid missing any part of the program.

Summer Stipend:

You will receive a stipend of $50 per week, barring any deductions for absences or violating our agreed upon community standards. Stipends will be paid in one check at the end of the summer program.

Contact

Monica Lisa Benavides
Education Director
monicalisa@veggielution.org
(408)634-4999