Applications to participate in the inaugural class of the Charleston Area Alliance's gardening economic development initiative are due by Jan. 9, the alliance announced.
The initiative, named SAGE (Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurs) aims to teach participants how to grow food and use it as an economic opportunity.
Participants will take part in 12 agriculture courses at the SAGE micro-farm at 617 Ohio St. on the West Side and six entrepreneur courses at the Alliance's office at 1116 Smith St. Participants will finish the year-long curriculum with an agriculture business license and the skills necessary to cultivate agriculture products.
There is a $100 participation fee but $50 will be re-invested into the graduate's business upon successful completion of the program.
For more information, call Cullen Naumoff at 304-340-4253 or email her at CNaum...@charlestonareaalliance.org.