Summer work program hires 30 from Wood County PDF Print E-mail
Written by Sentinel-Tribune Staff   
Thursday, 15 August 2013 09:20
Planting, weeding, watering and harvesting may not be anyone's ideal way to spend the summer, but the youth who work at the Inspired by Nature/Schooner Farms facility have done those tasks so well that they have pleased their employer.
Don Schooner, owner/operator of the facility, has nothing but praise for the participants in the Summer Employment and Training program in Wood County. In fact, he was so happy with the participants that he hired one of them permanently.
"They have been just stellar," he said. "They are very, very good workers."
The work program is made possible by the Wood County Department of Job and Family Services and targets income-eligible 16- to 24-year-old persons in the county. The program started May 15 and ends Aug. 31.
Employers also had to apply to the program to have youth placed at their facility. Schooner said this program fits his needs well, and he has not regretted signing up to participate, especially since the youths' wages are paid by the program.
Having the youth helping him during the summer has helped him to keep his costs down.
As a Community Support Agriculture facility, Schooner has 40 members who will come to him for their produce.
These youth has helped him to maintain the 35 varieties of vegetables he plants along with the blackberries, strawberries and raspberries, herbs for medicinal purposes and kitchen use, and the three ponds at the facility. He said the public can fish in the ponds, for a fee, for tilapia, trout and perch.
He uses no pesticides, herbicides, insecticides, or any other chemicals on his crops, so the youth have been helpful with planting, weeding, reaping, and any other chores that Schooner needs to be done.
About 30 persons have been enrolled in the program throughout the summer at various 11 locations in Wood County.
They have gained work experience as well as information on whether the job they are doing is one they'd like for a career.
For more information, call (419) 353-7407 or (419) 334-8911.

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