Youth Training Opportunities

 

 

We are building a diverse community of empowered, skilled and capable youth working to strengthen their local environment. Doing meaningful work in their own neighborhood cultivates the confidence teens need to believe they can make a difference.

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Urban Farm-to-Market

For many youth, growing and harvesting food at the farm is their first opportunity to cultivate and enjoy food from seed to table. Throughout the summer, they gain tools for job success and community engagement. Growing produce and serving their neighbors at farmer's markets, youth learn the responsibility of caring for crops, the importance of careful planning for a continued harvest, and the power of locally grown food.  

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Youth Ops Lawn Care

Through the lawn care program, youth build social connection within their community and make it a more beautiful place. Many of the youth who work in the Youth Ops Lawn Care training program have completed urban farm-to-market training and take pride in building a business and learning practical skills. 

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Buy Produce

 

 

Market

Our youth training programs are youth-run enterprises! Visit the Wednesday Kendall Yards Night market and the Friday Emerson-Garfield farmer's markets to buy fresh, local produce directly from the youth who grew it. 

C.S.A.

C.S.A. means Community-Supported Agriculture. By paying in advance for a "Veggie Subscription" — weekly shares of our harvest throughout the growing season — you boost our resources at the beginning of the season, right when we need them most. This summer, we're offering just 25 veggie subscriptions. Subscribe now to snag yours!

Wholesale

Our scattered-site urban farm grows more than 4,000 pounds of produce each season. We sell directly to restaurants and caterers — and your customers will love knowing their meal at your restaurant supports local youth.

Schedule Lawn Care

 

 

Our youth lawn care staff offer affordable, professional-quality lawn care to residential and commercial clients in the West Central area during the spring, summer and fall. Please get in touch for an estimate!