The Youth Corps’ understanding of many aspects of urban farming and community food system development are reinforced and illustrated through hands-on farm instruction. Teens cultivates vegetables, herbs and flowers across all phases of farm production. At many of our locations, Youth Corps also manage an onsite community farm stand, and providing a window into the economic and entrepreneurial opportunities within the food system. The goal is for teens graduate with a comprehensive understanding of sustainable food system development and the ability to connect and communicate how their skills gained on the farm translate to any career path they may follow.
Project objectives from proposal:
Spring/Summer Farm Program Outcomes:
Teens will be exposed to career pathways in urban agriculture, culinary arts and micro-enterprise development through field trips and guest speakers.
Community harvest festivals at Roosevelt Square, and South Chicago Farms.
Micro-enterprise Program Outcomes:
Teens will received advanced training in micro-enterprise development.
Teens will develop a signature product line using Urban Growers Collective flowers, herbs and farm products.
Teens will learn how to market, fulfill orders and manage inventory of the product line.