If we are the only ones doing this, it will take far too long to build Rochester’s Green Economy. That’s why ICOG is thrilled to be just one of many community organizations, nonprofits, and businesses actively working to support a more environmentally and socially just future for Rochester residents.
And, because we support the growth of Rochester’s green economy, we are dedicated to youth and adult education through project-based learning. In addition to hosting short term workshops and classes at our Live Neutral project site, ICOG supports two extended apprenticeship programs:
SeedFolk City Farm Youth Educational Program: ICOG has been working side by side with youth to institute farming education in our Rochester communities, providing afterschool and summer education and employment programs for young people.
This program instills a wide variety of life skills in the youth involved in them. By learning how to grow food, our youth apprentices learn about more than just gardening and farm stewardship. They learn about where food comes from, how to build more socially just food systems, and how deeply connected we are to the natural environment. Youth Apprentices also leave the program with a strong knowledge of modern farming techniques and a foundational understanding of resource conservation, water management, engineering, and biology.
ICOG Member Apprenticeships: ICOG offers training to member apprentices for the construction of solar generation systems as well as general construction. This builds neighborhoods’ capacity to sustain a local network of green homes, farms, and businesses. Project-based learning allows ICOG construction apprentices to become skilled, self-directed project leaders, as well as new member-owners of our cooperative.