While the project is focused on teaching committed fathers necessary skills, Foster said the program is open to any parent whose income is 200 percent below the federal poverty level.
Foster said she anticipates at least 60 people will take advantage of the program each year. Ten people will go through training in groups at a time, she said. Participants are allowed to take part in training at the greenhouse, in the commercialized kitchen and on the food truck -- or in all the segments.
"They will be trying all different positions and on certain days they will be working and certain hours they will be training," Foster said. "It gives them the opportunity to try out something that maybe they didn't think was possible before."
Businesses will benefit, too.
Not only do they get a skilled workforce by hiring Growing Jobs Project participants, but they will spend less money and time training them because they'll be equipped with the skills they've already learned, Foster said.
The program will bring healthy foods to the area, too, which Foster said is important.
"We're focused on the job piece of it but another byproduct is helping people to make better eating choices since the greenhouses are going to be organic," Foster said. "We'll be giving residents more access to fresh fruits and vegetables and that is a major impact of this project."
To learn more about the Growing Jobs Project, call Program Manager Terri Berkley at 304-395-6852 or email tberk...@kisra.org.
Reach Megan Workman at megan.work...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-5113.