The Food Project: Youth. Food. Community.

Skip to main content

List of Youth Organizations

This is a listing of farming and gardening organizations that include youth programming as some part of their mission; many have it as their main objective.


Added Value
Brooklyn, NY
Added Value has youth working 17 hours a week to improve the neighborhood by creating and operating a socially responsible urban farming enterprise. They have founded the Red Hook Farmers’ Market and a Community Advisory Council to support their efforts in neighborhood improvement and youth development.

Alternatives for Community and Environment (ACE)
Roxbury, MA
ACE works support lower-income communities and people of color to work towards environmental justice and a healthy environment for all people. They support youth working on environmental justice initiatives through an internship program and curriculum.

Los Angeles, CA
ARTSCorpsLAworks both in youth development and to preserve green space for community use. Youth come by in the afternoons to help clean up the “art parks”, receive help with their homework, and work on a group project to create more parks, whether by gardening or building benches. ARTSCorpsLA also has a career ladder option for High School students to work on job skills and to help them find a job.

Atlanta Community Food Bank
Atlanta, GA
Atlanta Community Food Bank’s Atlanta Garden for Youth has a garden where youth grow and produce vegetables, fruits, flowers and herbs to distribute to local non-profits. They also help neighborhood groups start community gardens,

Little Rock, AR

Barnstable Middle School Hyannis
Hyannis, MA

Calypso Farm and Ecology Center
Ester, AK
Calypso Farm and Ecology Center is a small, non-profit educational organic farm and resource center located in Ester, AK ( about 5 miles from Fairbanks). Our mission is to encourage local, sustainable agriculture through hands-on education in natural and farming ecosystems. The EATinG Program is a collabortion between Calypso Farm and Ecology Center and Howard Luke Academy, the public alternative high school in the Fairbanks North Star Borough School District.

Cedar Circle Farm
East Thetford, VT
Apprenticeships, Internships, Beginng Farmer training, school group work, and the Farmer's Outreach Program which works with at-risk youth.

Chickasaw Nation Community Garden
Ada, OK
A tribally funded youth training and education program that seeks to instill work ethics and provide mentorship for Native American Youth. Currently the summer program serves 20 youth members with 10 remaining year round. They also provide educational assistance and are trying to incorporate academic success with job performance and mentorship.

South Deerfield, MA

Community Farms Outreach
Waltham, MA
The projects and programs of Community Farms Outreach are inspired by our mission; one that integrates hunger relief, education, and farmland preservation within a community farm model. Since its founding in 1995, Waltham Fields Community Farm has distributed more than 120,000 pounds of organically grown produce to over 25 agencies within local communities. The Children’s Learning Garden Program provides day campers from urban areas opportunities to engage in direct exploration of the farm environment to learn about plant growth, food production and the natural world. Community Farms Outreach is taking a leadership role in the Friends of Cornelia Warren Farm group in the efforts to preserve, protect and promote the 56-acre Umass Field Station site.

Community Harvest (formerly CEED)
Washington, DC

Congressional Hunger Center
Washington, DC

Cooking with Kids
Santa Fe, NM

Coonamessett Farm
East Falmouth, MA

SCA Learning Center at Angelic Organics
Caledonia, IL

Cultiva! (Growing Gardens)
Boulder, CO

Cultivating Community
Portland, Maine
Cultivating Community is growing sustainable communities. Based in Portland, Maine, we use organic, sustainable practices to grow food in our community and school gardens and at partnering farms. That food feeds those among us who are most vulnerable. And we use our community food work as an engine for high-impact youth and community development programs that reconnect people to the natural and social systems that sustain us all.

Damayan: The Garden Project
Tallahassee, FL

Do Something
New York, NY

East New York Farms!
Brooklyn, NY
The East New York Farms Project aims to create a local food system in the East New York neighborhood of Brooklyn that strengthens the local economy, promotes youth activity in the community, contributes to local community food security and nutrition needs, and preserves open space. The program centers around a Farmers' Market that includes a youth program, local community gardens, crafters, and regional farmers.

Montreal, Quebec
Eco-Initiatives is a community-based urban agriculture program. Here at Eco-Initiatives we are working on building community, developing food security, and promoting healthy living through our 20 organic collective gardens in the NDG neighborhood of Montreal.

Environmental Partnerships
Boston, MA

e-Plaza Project
New Mexico
The vision of the e-Plaza project is for an agricultural community that is valued and supported by the broader community; is economically, socially, and environmentally sound; allows land based families and communities to prosper; and honors the common good. The purpose of the projcet is to provide an open framework that celebrates individual initiative, creates opportuniities for all parties, fosters collaboration and self-organization, generates and applies shared learning, and promotes stewardship of common resources.

Facing History and Ourselves

Falmouth Service Center
Falmouth, MA

Farm Fresh Choice
Oakland, CA

Farm in the City
St. Paul, MN
Urban Agriculture. Youth Organizing. Cultural Nutrition. Building on a variety of traditions in working the land and growing and preparing food, our Youth Farmers build cross-cultural and intergenerational relationships, cultivate youth leadership, engage in micro-enterprise development, and organize neighbors to envision, realize and activate neighborhood public space.

FOOD for Lane County
Eugene, OR
FOOD for Lane County’s three educational gardens work toward increasing community food security by Growing Food for our Neighbors, Caring for the land, Creating Opportunities for Youth, and Building Community Resources. These goals are all a part of FOOD for LaneCounty’s overall mission to alleviate hunger by providing access to food. The Youth Farm is a youth service and hunger relief program where limited- income teens learn job and leadership skills while growing food for hunger relief agencies.

Food From the ‘Hood
Los Angeles, CA

Food Not Lawns
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

The Food Trust
Philadelphia, PA

Toronto, Ontario, Canada
FoodShare was created in 1985 with the original mandate to provide emergency food information through the Hunger Hotline. In addition to providing the Foodlink Hotline and Community Food Information for Toronto, Foodshare has expanded its mission and is now involved in promoting and community gardens and kitchens, running baby and student nutrition programs such as the school salad bar program, coordinating urban agriculture products such as the 6,00 square foot market garden at the Center for Addiction and Mental Health and the rooftop greenhouses, composting and honey production and working with munincipal food distruibution alternatives in low income neighborhoods such as farmers markets. Foodshare also coordinates with the Good Food Box out of its Field To Table Warehouse, which is a non-profit produce distribution system that brings 4,000 boxes of vegetables to Toronto's neighborhoods each month. Foodshare also plays a role in many networks and coalitions.

From the Ground Up
Washington DC

The Front Porch
Detroit, MI

Full Gospel Outreach Ministry
Montrose, AR

Gaining Ground
Concord, MA

Boston Natural Areas Networks
Boston, MA

Garden Raised Bounty (GRuB)
Olympia, WA
Garden-Raised Bounty (GRuB) is a grassroots non-profit organization dedicated to nourishing community by empowering people to grow good food. We grow inspired, self-confident and community-minded youth through meaningful employment and educational opportunities. We help low-income families and seniors to help themselves by building raised-bed gardens at their homes. Our work is guided by our core values: caring youth and adult partnerships, strong communities, sustainable land stewardship, education, and good food for all people.

Garden Resources of Washington
Washington, DC

Gods’ Gang Worm Group
Chicago, IL

Granny's Garden School
Cincinnati, OH
Granny's Garden School is building an on-line database and network of community resources in the Greater Cincinnati Area to assist educators with starting and sustaining school grounds growing projects. We are developing curriculum based lessons plans for K-4 with a garden/woods focus that will be available free on our website.

Greater Rochester Urban Bounty (GRUB)
Rochester, NY

Green Corps – Cleveland Botanical Garden
Cleveland, OH

Green Guerillas
New York, NY

Green Teen Gardening Program (Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County)
Poughkeepsie, NY

Green Thumb
New York, NY

Growing Power
Milwaukee, WI and Chicago, IL

Guadalupe Gardens
Tacoma, Washington
Guadalupe Gardens promotes the conservation of inner-city greenspaces by cultivating vacant lots into productive community centers with a focus on food, urban ecology and education. A core group of 5-7 volunteer gardeners and community volunteers grow enough organic vegetable & fruits on 7 abandoned lots to feed approximately 50 families, an intentional community & shelter, the AIDs foundation, 2 neighborhood food banks and soup kitchens.

HolcombFarm (The Hartford Food System)
Hartford, CT

Horizons for Youth, Inc.
Sharon, MA

Isles, Inc
Trenton, NJ

Just Food
New York, NY

Kids First
Providence, RI

Literacy for Environmental Justice
San Francisco, CA

Little Dixie Community Action Agency
Hugo, OK
Lots to Gardens
St. Mary’s, ME

Massachusetts Avenue Project
Buffalo, NY

Minnesota Family Career and community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

Mississippi Association of cooperatives
Jackson, MS

Mo Betta Food Black Farmers Market
Oakland, CA

The Mountain School of Milton Academy
Vershire, VT

National Campaign for Sustainable Agriculture (NCSA)
Pine Bush, NY

Neighborhood Nutrition Network
Gainesville, FL

NOFA Gardening the Community
Barre, MA

Northeast Neighborhood Alliance
Rochester, NY

Nuestras Raices
Holyoke, MA
Nuestras Raices promotes economic, human and community development in Holyoke, Mass through projects relating to food and agriculture. We draw our membership and our leadership from the youth and families that participate in our network of community gardens.

Open Road
New York, NY

People's Grocery
Oakland, CA

Pennsylania Horticultural Society
Philadelphia, PA

Points of Light Foundation
Washington, DC

Politics of Food
Rochester, NY
Politics of Food operates the Rochester Roots School-Community Garden, which is an urban agriculture program located at Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. School #9 in Rochester, NY. Our program is a hands-on, experiential, school-based model of learning that links students with organic gardening, culinary skills, nutritional education, the environment, culture, and entrepreneurial and work force development. Rochester Roots students participate in sustainable living and work skills development workshops, organic farming conferences, hands-on organic garden work, CSA participation, community and cultural events, and fundraisers. The students process and market Petal Power and Green Power skin salves and lip balms at local businesses. Rochester Roots students, volunteers, and the interns maintain four organic produce gardens within and outside their school.

Ramona, Gardens–Informed Kids in Charge
Los Angeles, CA

Reichert House After School Program
Gainesville, FL

Re-Vision House
Boston, MA

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Atlantic County 4-H's, Children, Youth, and Adults At Risk (CYFAR) program
Atlantic County, NJ

Santropol Roulant, Summer Cycle
Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Seattle Youth Garden Works
Seattle, WA
Seattle Youth Garden Works creates opportunities for youth-in-need to cultivate self-reliance and integration with community and nature. We promote personal, social and environmental awareness and responsibility through horticulture-based education, employment, and entrepreneurial activities.

Durham, NC
Our youth program at SEEDS is called Durham Inner City Gardeners. DIG is a youth-run gardening business that uses only organic methods to raise produce and flowers.

Seeds of Solidarity
Orange, MA

Someday Farm
Dorset, VT

The South Plains Food Bank, Inc
The South Plains Food Bank, Inc. through its various programs, is a humanitarian resource with responsibility for securing, growing, processing, and/or distributing food to charitable organizations and persons in need. South Plains Food Bank, Inc. strives to be a model for community partnerships and is a catalyst for social change by providing opportunities for persons to break out of the poverty cycle.

Southside Community Land Trust
South Providence, RI

Southern Rhode Island Conservation District (SRICD Kids Grow)
Warwick, RI

Stardusters Topeka Urban Farm (STUF)
Topeka, KS

Student Alliance Garden Entrepreneurs
Portland, OR

The Sustainable Food Center
Austin, TX
SFC has three main programs: community gardens, the Austin Farmers’ Market, and The Happy Kitchen. We also try to get involved in food and nutrition policy, especially at the local level. To this end, we participate in the School Health Advisory Council at Austin ISD.

The Stop Community Food Centre
Toronto, Ontario, Canada
MORE THAN A FOOD BANK. The Stop Community Food Centre strives to increase access to healthy food in a manner that maintains dignity, builds community and challenges inequality. Our work is based on the belief that food is a basic human right. At The Stop we run a range of programs including community dining, kitchens and gardens, nutrition and support for pregnant women and a food bank.

Tioga County Food Security Coalition
Owego, NY
The Tioga County Food Security Coalition was formed in an effort to address hunger and nutrition issues in TiogaCountyas well as access to local food. Members of the FSC include staff from the Health Dept., Cornell Cooperative Extension, Economic Development and Planning, The Food Bank of the Southern Tier, and WIC as well as local residents, farmers and food producers. We hope our efforts will connect local food producers with consumers, increase food security for the >10% of our population living with food insecurity, increase healthy eating habits and build a strong local economy for all county residents.

United for a Fair Economy
Boston, MA

Urban Nutrition Initiative
Philadelphia, PA

Vermont Campaign to End Childhood Hunger
Burlington, VT

West Springfield Teen Center
Springfield, MA

What Kids Can Do

White Dog Cafe
Philadelphia, PA
The White Dog Café Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to create, strengthen and connect locally owned businesses & farms committed to working in harmony with natural systems, providing meaningful living wage jobs and supporting healthy community life. The Foundation is funded by 20 percent of White Dog Café profits, contributions from customers, foundation grants and income from our Fair Food Farmstand and events.

Youth Enrichment Services (YES)
Boston, MA

Youth Farm and Market Project
St. Paul, MN
Urban Agriculture. Youth Organizing. Cultural Nutrition. Building on a variety of traditions in working the land and growing and preparing food, our Youth Farmers build cross-cultural and intergenerational relationships, cultivate youth leadership, engage in micro-enterprise development, and organize neighbors to envision, realize and activate neighborhood public space.

Youth Opportunities Upheld
Worcester, MA

The Youth Horticulture Project (University of Vermont Extension)
Brattleboro, VT

The Youth Horticulture Project, a collaborative effort of local agencies and organizations in southern Vermont, helps "at-risk” youth experience success and develop important job and life skills through the growing, harvesting and marketing of vegetable crops.

The Food Project is a 501(c)(3) non-profit.

Tax ID: 04-3262532


Follow The Food
      Project's RSS feed Follow The Food Project on Facebook


click here to share this page
  1. privacy policy |
  2. contact us