Applications are being accepted from young people ages 15-18 who want to participate in the monsoon session of the apprentice program at the Marana Heritage Farm.

A second session for the youth farm project apprentice program runs July 11-Aug. 29.

Apprentices take part in all aspects of food production, including planting, harvesting, greenhouse cultivation, soil building, garden design, irrigation, marketing and distribution. There are projects on farm infrastructure, animal husbandry, cooking and nutrition.

Workdays are Saturdays from 7 to 11 a.m. Students are responsible for their own transportation. Four- and eight-week apprentice programs are available. Participants will be paid $100 for the four-week session and $200 for the eight-week session upon completion.

The Marana Heritage Farm is an operation of the Community Food Bank. It is a 10-acre, no chemical, vegetable production farm that grows food for the Tucson and Marana communities and offers an environment to learn about farming and food production. It is located off Tangerine Road in Marana, approximately 10 miles north of Tucson.

For information on the youth farm project apprentice program or to request an application, contact Shanti Sellz, youth apprenticeship coordinator, at 873-7401 or by e-mail at or Debbie Weingarten, youth farm coordinator, at

Applications may also be downloaded from the food bank website at, click on Community Food Resource Center, then click on Marana Farm and finally click on Apprentice Program.

Founded in 1976, the Community Food Bank provides education, advocacy, and food for people throughout Southern Arizona including Pima, Santa Cruz, Cochise, Graham and Greenlee counties.

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