Heartbeat Learning Gardens
Organic Gardener Apprentice
Heartbeat Learning Gardens is a non-profit community farm dedicated to uplifting the long-term health of our
community and ecosystem. We grow organic vegetables and donate our produce to local food pantries and families in
need, and we offer educational programming in ecology, sustainable agriculture, herbal medicine and wildcrafting. The
student will have an opportunity to engage in the process of tending a mosaic of learning gardens: vegetable gardens,
herbal medicine gardens, and pollinator gardens from seed to harvest.
Tasks and Duties are guided by the local, ecological and agricultural calendar:
In SPRING include prepping garden beds, transplanting, weeding, watering,
In SUMMER include weeding, watering, harvesting and portioning produce for community food pantries.
In FALL, tasks include ‘putting the garden beds to sleep’ and planting the garlic for next season.
In addition to garden work, Students may opt to assist with our nature-based education and arts activities, including
our 2 seasonal celebrations (Mid July and Late September) including farm dinner and performances.
Student Miller Fellowships are paid positions with local nonprofit organizations that are awarded grants to employ Miller Fellows.
Student Miller Fellows will need to attend the first available Nonprofit Leadership Institute (NLI) at some point during their employment with the nonprofit. The NLI provides information on philanthropy and of nonprofits, and provides grounding and framework for learning from their experiences as a Miller Fellow. Students learn how nonprofits operate, how successful nonprofits function, and the important role students play in the community, representing their schools and the YSCF. They meet nonprofit leaders in the community and gain experience through hands-on work sessions.
Miller Fellowships are offered to the following individuals:
- A full-time, degree-seeking student in good standing at a Greene County college or university with a preference towards an Antioch College student
- A high school student who is a resident of Yellow Springs/Miami Township or an attendee at Yellow Springs High School; high school Miller Fellows must be 16 years old or older.
- A resident of Yellow Springs/Miami Township under the age of 25 in a gap year before or during college or home for a vacation period
- Students must have completed the YSCF’s Nonprofit Leadership Institute (NLI) or apply and complete the next available NLI during their employment.
- The identified Miller Fellow can be a current employee of the nonprofit if they meet the requirements above.