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Experiential Learning Intern and Apprentice Programs

Many of our educational programs are taught by Elders in our community as we are very much committed to the inter-generational model of learning and teaching.

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Food Grows Community Inter-generational Project

In partnership with Reality Kitchen, a free organic lunch for River Road neighborhood elders and guests while interacting with each other and the Reality Kitchen students. Our Director of Health and Wellness, Michael Vasquez, has planted a large organic garden on donated land in the neighborhood to produce food for the weekly lunches. Volunteers from across the community gather and contribute time and talents to harvest and help prepare food.

Zaniyan’s goal is to promote food sovereignty and the education that is needed to develop self-reliant communities. We create opportunities for inter-generational experiential learning. This project increases neighborhood social capital and caring. The convergence of organic food grown within a few miles, together with enthusiastic volunteers and young adults in conversation with elders, has created a lively and growing community worlds away from institutionalized free lunch programs.

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Garden Helper Program

The Zaniyan Garden Helper Program matches graduates from our intern programs with those needing help.  Elders or anyone needing extra garden help can call and get a referral. Weeding, watering, planting, composting, and bed preparation in organic food and herb gardens are the typical tasks for our Garden Helpers.

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Workshops, Internships, and Apprenticeships

Workshop sessions are offered in the spring, summer, and fall of each year. To see the variety, take a look at our 2017 Workshop Schedule.