Special needs youth and youth with developmental disabilities will grow, market, and sell produce at our farmstand, learn cultivation, business, and community relation skills key to financial sustainability in urban agriculture while creating equitable access to fresh organic produce.
Youth will perform farmwork informed by concepts of sustainable farming and workdays at local farms. During farmstand, students will lead tours of the farm, perform cooking demonstrations, and manage sales and data. Youth will regularly share experiences via social media.
Youth will contribute to the 2019 Community Cookbook with essays, photos, and recipes. Youth will exhibit project findings at the Harvest Festival.
Project objectives from proposal:
- Encourage Special Needs Youth to develop leadership skills through leading farm tours and designing cooking demonstrations for the farmstand
- Provide hands-on organic farming experience in the growing, harvesting, and packing of culturally-relevant crops
- Give youth experience in community outreach and advertising using social media and direct marketing
- Create a product—the Community Cookbook—to share the success of the farmstand (pounds of produce sold, income generated, customer attendance), and community impact (youth reflections, customer testimonies, recipes)
- Educate Youth on inclusivity and active listening to sustain a positive, safe, and welcoming environment at the farm and farmstand