In 2017, EYA will engage 36 inner city youth (ages 15-30) in three 8-week apprenticeships at our native plant nursery in the heart of Strathcona Community Garden in East Vancouver. Guided by EYA’s program manager, youth grow thousands of native plants, trees, and shrubs. They will also learn about plant propagation and cultivation, seed saving, pollination, drought-resistant gardening, and the role of native plants in healthy ecosystems. The plants are used in EYA’s ecological restoration projects and distributed through plant give-away events organized in partnership with local organizations, including neighbourhood houses, community kitchens, supportive housing facilities, food banks, and community centres. Plant recipients receive a grouping of plants that match the growing conditions at their home and a workshop on plant care and how to grow a healthy, biodiverse native plant garden. Youth are encouraged to attend plant give-away events to share their knowledge and help facilitate the workshops.
To join the apprenticeship program or inquire about hosting a plant give-away event, contact Jess at email@example.com