On a cold, damp morning in early May, ten newly hired seasonal staff approach the still snow-covered field in anticipation of the upcoming growing season. This group of young urban indigenous people, new Canadians and settlers1, of whom most have never planted a seed before, have been brought together to transform a 2½ acre grass field into a working farm with an orchard and apiary. While there is much enthusiasm, this will not be an easy process. There will be many gruelling workdays in the hot sun, mistakes made, successes to celebrate, new friendships formed and life lessons to be had. This is the beginning of the Seasonal Horticultural Outdoor Worker (SHOW) programme facilitated by Roots to Harvest in Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. For 20 weeks, these ten young adults will be trained in urban agroecology, build commitment to their jobs and fellow workers and become more engaged in their community.
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