- Education and Training: demonstration, youth education
- Production Systems: organic agriculture
- Sustainable Communities: community development, public participation
We believe that youth learn best through an experiential learning model. We always have youth harvesting and cooking with the food that we grow. Next year, we will have the added component of using the produce for our monthly community meals. Our youth will get the additional satisfaction of using their produce to bring their community together. Our program will have weekly workshops on a variety of topics, including nutrition, healthy eating, food safety, and cooking. They will in turn teach community.
Firstly, we would like to make the garden a core part of our program offerings. Currently, the garden is integrated into our summer program and the youth and staff love it and have been asking to make it a year-round program. We took the first step towards that end this year by partnering with the Science Museum of Minnesota to start an indoor hydroponic program.
These programs are currently separate. Our vision for the coming year is to integrate the programs into one to create a year-round gardening program. Our main goal is to be able to grow 100% of the food for our monthly gatherings.