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The application period for Seed Crew 2016 has closed! Check beck in January 2017 for our next application period.
Seed Crew, formerly known as Summer Youth Program or SYP, is a seven week summer opportunity for youth to grow produce on urban and suburban farms while developing civic engagement and teamwork skills in a diverse setting.
The program brings together around 100 teenagers from diverse cultural, racial, economic, and geographic backgrounds to work on our urban and suburban farms in Lincoln, Boston, and on the North Shore. During seven weeks, they work together to grow vegetables sustainably and distribute thousands of pounds of produce while developing important leadership, teamwork, diversity, and civic participation skills.
After working the fields each morning, Seed Crew participants spend many afternoons participating in workshops that address a variety of issues, including sustainable agriculture, diversity, and personal finance. They also spend one day a week at a local hunger relief organization preparing and serving the produce that they have grown. Each Seed Crew also gets the opportunity to sell produce at farmers' markets that accept SNAP/EBT benefits as a form of payment.
Youth in our Seed Crews are held to high standards of performance and behavior and earn a biweekly stipend for their work. They learn about the principles and practices of sustainable agriculture, explore issues of food justice, and develop both personally and professionally.
For more information about Seed Crew, please contact [email protected] or 781-259-8621 x23.