EDUCATIONAL WORK PROGRAM
THE WORKFORCE at Sprouts by the Patch mainly consists of fellows of our Educational Work Program. The Educational Work Program partners directly with Bridgehampton School to afford students with work and educational experience in an agribusiness setting. Many of the students involved in the Educational Work Program are also enrolled in Bridgehampton School's very own Agricultural-based Career and Technical Education (CTE) programs, which offers students college credits and a head start in careers based in business, design, or agricultural. Bridgehampton School's CTE program is based in a multifaceted and comprehensive approach to education. Through interactive classes, hands-on projects outside of the classroom, guest speakers, field trips, and expansive work opportunities, students of the CTE program will gain the experience necessary to succeed in a wide range of vocational fields. The purpose of the CTE program is to create a better prepared worker and student for both the workforce and post-high school education.
The CTE program was inspired originally by the Bridgehampton Edible School Garden Project, which broke ground almost 10 years ago as a garden space where children and their families could learn food literacy: what food is, where it comes from and how to grow it. Each year, the program has dug deeper, creating more opportunities for growth and learning: a 5,000 square foot garden and greenhouse was built and a community garden was started. Growing organically has allowed us to introduce the very important concept of environmental stewardship as well as food literacy to our students.