Growing eco-conscious leaders.
The #GreenHive Leadership Program is a 10-week paid fellowship for DeKalb County-based college students.
Here at Roots Down we envision a world where every person in the US is less than a 5 minute walk away from fresh food, and where communities grow closer out a mutual love of growing and preparing food. The #GreenHive Leadership Program enables us to extend this mission to growing the next generation of land stewards.
Through weekly training sessions and a final capstone project, eco-conscious students will get hands-on experience designing and building Productive Urban Landscapes (PULs), while working side-by-side with other students to engage the community, build #GreenHive chapters at DeKalb high schools and middle schools, and gain crucial leadership skills.
The #GreenHive Leadership Program builds on the Fruitful Communities initiative and Growers Program by providing a structured format for college students to become directly engaged in the ecological work being done here in DeKalb, all while being paid to make DeKalb a greener, more sustainable place. #GreenHive Leaders will participate in Grower Program training sessions, and assist in completing DeKalb County PUL projects.
Download the #GreenHive Leadership Program brochure.
What you get.
Weeks of paid leadership training.
Letters of recommendation.
What will be covered.
Throughout the 10-week course, you'll learn all sorts of amazing things. From basic horticulture and permaculture training to the basics of community organizing, the #GreenHive Leadership Program has everything you need to start your career as a climate activist.
What are Productive Urban Landscapes and how are they growing in DeKalb County?
Community project management
Fundamentals of regenerative landscaping
Planning and executing community listening sessions
Understanding site analysis and designing PUL's
Community organizing in the 21st century
Designing around the soil, sun, water, and existing structures
Creating bubble maps, preliminary designs - digital/hand-drawn
Earthworks, bed preparation, and planting practices
Organic maintenance, passive maintenance techniques, and garden coaching skills
Invasive removal and organic pest management
Art as activism
Working with diverse constituents
DeKalb County government structure, budgeting, and political processes