Youth Grow Indy Programming

Project Overview

Project Type: Youth Educator
Funds awarded in 2022: $4,237.00
Projected End Date: 01/15/2024
Grant Recipient: Soul Food Project
Region: North Central
State: Indiana
Project Manager:
Danielle Guerin
Soul Food Project

Information Products

Youth Grow Indy Guide (Book/Handbook)


Not commodity specific


  • Education and Training: youth education
  • Sustainable Communities: employment opportunities, urban agriculture

    Proposal abstract:

    Youth Grow Indy's approach to youth development combines agriculture, business and service to create a demanding, real world and integrated experience. Youth will cultivate our urban farms, participate in workshops, attend field trips, and work to expand our communities food access. Dependent on the youth's age, the youth will be assigned various tasks around the farm, including completing the Junior Master Gardener curriculum or learning how to facilitate the curriculum. The farm will work to create a curriculum that integrates all these aspects for other farms to use.  

    Project objectives from proposal:

    • Create a system where youth are trained on sustainable agriculture practices from farmers, Purdue Extension and other professionals and then train their peers in these practices. 
    • Youth will be exposed to various careers in agriculture and educational opportunities.
    • To introduce urban youth to financially profitable, personally beneficial, and ecologically sound agriculture opportunities within their own neighborhood
    • Share project results through social media and presentations
    • Develop a year long curriculum (after school and summer) that exposes youth to all aspects of farming and its practices
    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.