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Youth Programs

Seed Crew || Dirt Crew || Root Crew || Alumni

 

Youth Returning from the Fields
Youth Returning from the Fields
The Food Project's nationally recognized approaches to youth development combine agriculture, enterprise, and service to create a rigorous, practical, and integrated experience. Teenagers from Greater Boston and the North Shore of eastern Massachusetts cultivate our urban and suburban farmland, participate in workshops, work with local hunger relief organizations, lead volunteers in the fields, and endeavor to expand community food access.

In recruiting for all of our youth crews, we follow a strategy designed to bring together a diverse group of youth and adults in order to cultivate mutual understanding across geographic, socio-economic, and racial boundaries. Our youth are not simply enrolled in an enrichment program; they work hard, learn important lessons, and have fun together. All youth are paid for their work; earning a paycheck instills in them a sense of responsibility while providing an economic support and incentive.

Through these approaches to youth development, teenagers have opportunities for deep and sustained learning. As they move through Seed Crew, Dirt Crew, and Root Crew, youth are given more responsibility and are presented with greater challenges. As they grow, they take on leadership roles that prepare them to become the next generation of leaders in the food movement—or any other field they choose to pursue.

Youth Crews

Seed Crew
All of the young people who work with The Food Project are introduced to the organization through Seed Crew. During this seven-week summer job opportunity, youth work on our farms and serve their communities by distributing produce at reduced-price farmers' markets and hunger relief organizations. On completing Seed Crew, youth who continue to work with us do so through Dirt Crew and Root Crew. 


Dirt Crew
Dirt Crew takes place during the academic year with young people who have completed Seed Crew. Dirt Crew provides meaningful opportunities to develop leadership in sustainable agriculture practices, local food systems, diversity/anti-oppression work, and civic engagement. Dirt Crew participants spend Saturdays and weekend afternoons expanding on the knowledge of sustainable agriculture and food justice that they acquired in Seed Crew. They also build public speaking and job readiness skills. 


Root Crew
Root Crew is a yearlong, capstone experience for young people. Participants in the Root Crew put their knowledge into action by partnering with staff and community members to engage in hands-on projects that further the mission of The Food Project. Youth take-on increasingly responsible roles in our urban and suburban farms, help manage our farmers markets, and lead community workshops around food system change and social justice. 


Alumni News and Consulting
Alumni are encouraged to stay connected to us. This page explains how they can stay involved.

Other Resources

Learn more about our approaches to youth development by viewing online videos and reading third-party research papers that highlight our work.

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

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