Learn more about what the Food Leader Program includes
|I dream of having the time to help my friends develop a one hundred and fifty acre permaculture farm on the outskirts of Chicago…
My wonderful experience with the Victory Garden Initiative has given me the confidence and skills to pursue this.
-Laura Herzog, Glendale, 2012 Food Leader
The Food Leader Certificate Program consists of the following elements (scroll down or click for details):
1. Leadership/Organizer Training Retreats
2. Gardening Classes
3. Community Building Home Events
4. Project Implementation
Program Requirement Details:
Leadership/Organizer Training Retreats
Food Leaders will complete two weekend retreats. During these sessions, we will cover food systems, community food issues, and effective community organizer training.
1) Program Kick Off Weekend Retreat: March 2-3, 2013 (Overnight)
Michael Fields Agricultural Institute, East Troy
In this first session you will connect to your team, develop your understanding of food systems issues, and build community for the purpose of engaging people in growing their own food. You will also develop a vision for your self (and our community) for developing hubs of localized food projects.
During this session, we will discuss facets of the food system including:
Food security & food sovereignty
Health and wellness
Community-based food systems
2) Community Organizing Retreat: June 15-16, 2013 (Overnight)
This session will be focused on learning community organizing techniques and theories. By developing your own "food story", you will learn how to effectively connect with and mobilize others.
Edible Gardening for Sustainability Class Series
Our Edible Gardening for Sustainability (EGS) series will teach participants how to grow their own food--from planning the garden to grafting fruit trees!
EGS classes are held the second Saturday of every month from February-November, 9 AM - 12 PM. We rotate between the Washington Park and Riverside Park Urban Ecology Centers. Full schedule here.
Requirement depends on your prior gardening experience
Urban permaculture design, garden planning, plant guild basics, organic pest & disease management, tree pruning, selection, and planting, growing greens, and succession planting.
Community Building Home Events
In the vision of creating home-based food leader hubs, participants will host an event in a garden or home that brings food leaders together in celebration of food.
Participants will be broken into three groups for Home Events. Home Events will take place once a month from July through September 2013.
Food Leader Projects
Each food leader will choose a project to work with in partnership with Victory Garden Initiative.
Instructors Gretchen Mead and Jessy Servi will support Food Leaders as they implement their project throughout the program.
Food Leaders can choose to work on one of VGI's programs as their project, or they can start something in their own community.
Victory Garden Blitz
Fruity Nutty Campaign
Milwaukee Public School Gardens
Organizing an Event
Eat & Meet Potlucks
Starting a composting program at work
Running a portion of the Victory Garden Blitz
Assisting with the Edible Gardening for Sustainability series
Food Leader Graduation: November 10, 2013
Food Leaders come together to share their Food Leader Story that they have developed over the year with one another. This is a graduation ceremony where certificates are awarded to those who complete program requirements.