The Labatt People in Action Program was designed to help young people create their own summer employment while working with registered charities, Mr. Goodwin said Friday. "These three (students) were going to be working on the farm anyway. Now they'll be able to do it full time."
Youth Support was one of six Nova Scotia Projects to receive money from Labatt People in Action. Over the past 22 years, the program has dedicated millions of dollars to creating more than 3,400 summer jobs.
Mr. Goodwin says the two girls and one boy employed through Youth Support will spend 35 hours a week maintaining the program's farm at the former SHAID Animal Shelter property in Crousetown. "There's still another dozen or so (students) involved,"he said. "But these are among our best workers."
The group currently has about 3/4 of an acre under cultivation, as well as a greenhouse, which participants built themselves. Earlier this year, they also installed an irrigation system, "a big expense," said Mr. Goodwin, but necessary. Last summer, the group was forced to run bucket brigades after their well ran dry and the irrigation pond is down nearly two feet already this summer. The three summer employees will also market the farm's produce through a combination of local markets and private orders. Mr. Goodwin says crops such as peas are just about ready for picking.