Grow Organically Education Program

Progress report for YENC21-171

Project Type: Youth Educator
Funds awarded in 2021: $4,000.00
Projected End Date: 01/31/2023
Grant Recipient: Live Organically
Region: North Central
State: Minnesota
Project Manager:
Lakisha Witter
Live Organically
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Project Information


Grow Organically Education Program( GOEP), which includes educational classes and training in Farming, Nutrition & Cooking, Growing Food, understanding of Local Food Systems and social and emotional wellness practices, through the lens of urban and rural farming for youth ages 5 through 14 (with and without special needs). Our goal is to provide the necessary training and education for youth to develop new relationships and acquire an understanding of nutrition, agriculture, food, and social and emotional wellness, which will empower them to become producers that embrace sustainable farming methods that produce quality food for families and communities.

Project Objectives:

 Our goal is to provide training and education to develop an understanding of agriculture, food, and social and emotional wellness, to empower youth to embrace sustainable farming methods, produce quality food for families and communities.

This project is part of our five years goal(s) of providing sustainability education:

1) To increase knowledge of sustainable agriculture practices, through in-the-field learning from farmers.

2)  To improve healthy eating habits and nutrition knowledge amongst youth through hands-on learning covering food science, nutrition, and cooking.  
3. Increase the capacity of youth from diverse backgrounds to grow vegetable crops during the school-year via training in hoop house production.


Educational & Outreach Activities

1 Consultations
2 On-farm demonstrations
10 Online trainings
2 Published press articles, newsletters
4 Tours
4 Workshop field days

Participation Summary:

2 Farmers/ranchers
162 Youth
12 Parents
10 Educators
Education/outreach description:

  Due to Covid-19 our Grow Organically Education program was shifted online. We were able to conduct virtual farm tours and educational classes online to ensure safety for all participants. We hope to moved back into in-person classes soon!

Any opinions, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this publication are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the view of the U.S. Department of Agriculture or SARE.