Moria Petchel (left), (2014)

Tess Li

Tess Li (2013) Pennsylvania State University: Bachelor of Science in Community, Environment, and Development

Marisa Cippola (2011)Bloomsburg University: Bachelor of Science in Biology

Jennifer Yaskewich (2010) Bloomsburg University: Bachelor of Arts in Geography
and Environmental Planning

Elizabeth Bernardo (2010) Juniata College: Bachelor of Science in Wildlife

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"Growing Markets" Program

The "Growing Markets" program is designed to provide aspiring agri-business entrepreneurs with the opportunity to plant and maintain an organic market garden, sell the organic produce through weekly produce subscriptions, and participate as a vendor in the Downtown Hazleton Farmers Market.



This is a fantastic low-risk opportunity for an aspiring agricultural entrepreneur to not only learn the basics of bio-intensive garden operations, but also gain insight and experience in marketing organically and locally raised produce for retail sales. For those interested in starting their own farm market program, it provides a unique opportunity to "test drive" the experience before committing time and money to purchasing land, materials, equipment, and insurance.


Program runs from April through September. Work includes a variety of tasks, including but not limited to: seeding & transplanting, cultivation, fertilization, organic pest management, weed control, irrigation, harvesting/packing, seed collection, pruning, marketing, social networking (via the CLDS Facebook page), retail sales, farmers market participation, and produce subscription management.


This is an independent contractor position without salary or benefits. Compensation will be a percentage of gross revenue resulting from produce sales.


Ideal candidates are those with an interest small-scale sustainable agriculture. At a minimum, candidates should have experience in organic gardening, an interest in local and organically raised food, a mature and responsible work ethic with strong organizational and communication skills, be in good health, have physical endurance, enjoy working outdoors, and be able to work independently as well as part of a group. Manual labor is required (participants should be able to lift 40 lbs). Program participants must also be able to provide their own transportation to/from the garden and the downtown Hazleton Farmers Market.

For Questions or to Apply

Contact Krista Schneider, CLDS President, at kschneider@DigCLDS.org, or 570-578-5903.