First Work Experience

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Herring Gut's First Work Experience

Herring Gut's First Work Experience is a summer work program for local teens.

Teens learn to be responsible employees while earning money and participating in a safe summer activity at the Herring Gut campus in Port Clyde.

Workers plant, weed, and harvest vegetables in addition to maintaining Herring Gut's aquaponic greenhouse. On Thursdays they participate in the Oceanview Grange Farmers Market, selling their produce, and helping run the market. The also provide tours of the aquaponics greenhouse to the community. 

Teens are introduced to topics ranging from sustainable food sources and gardening techniques to responsible money management and work skills.

Sessions are four weeks in length, two half days (3 hours) per week (Tuesdays and Thursdays), during the months of June, July, and August. Workers are paid a stipend of $200 (minus taxes) at the end of their session.

To be eligible for the program you must be 13-15 years old at the start of the session and be a year-round resident of Knox County. 

The program is coordinated by Herring Gut Educator Liz Bowe who can be reached at: or (207) 372-8677.

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Thank you 2018 Herring Gut First Work Employees! 

Stay tuned for summer 2019 session dates!

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