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There’s no question that “green” is the future. To prepare area youth to enter the burgeoning job market, Sustainable Vocations is offering a hands-on introduction for ages 15 to 24 to learn “diverse leadership roles that integrate sustainability into their communities.” Students will earn a Permaculture Design Certification and receive introductions to renewable energy and green building, with the option of gaining college credits. The three-week sessions include residential trainings at Quail Springs Permaculture Farm and field trips to area green industries and businesses.

Applications are now being accepted for the next session, which is August 4-24. Sessions cost $1,500-$2,500 on a sliding scale, including tuition, meals, and camping. Scholarships are provided for low-income youth. Download an application at Send applications and questions to For more information about Quail Springs, visit


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