Our Institutes

Over the past thirty years, The Food Project has operated at the intersection of farming, youth development, and community-building. Through our semi-annual Institutes, we share our methods and models, our history, and the learning we’ve done to create our nationally recognized youth development and farming programs.

As we get ready for our 2022 season and out of our heavily virtual COVID precautions, we are planning to delay the Institute until September of 2022, where we will most likely be in person!

If you are interested an able to attend in September, fill out this Google Form. We plan to use this information to determine what dates most people are able to attend, so please select all available days that you think would work for you. We will update all those interested with the dates as soon as they are decided.

As we are aware that there are time-sensitive questions, and that we were looking forward to a virtual institute this winter/spring, we will do our best to answer questions through email with the limited availability that we have at this time. Please share those questions directly to

There are also older resources on our website that give a sense of how we operated while getting started – although significant updates have occurred since those were last published. We apologize for the delay and are excited to get things back on track now that in-person events are looking more likely.  We look forward to learning with all of you this September!


Read what others have to say… 

“The Food Project is one of the few organizations that I have seen where youth are respected, nurtured, educated, and socialized in a way that benefits them and all of us. There is no better model of youth and justice work that I have seen.”

Institute’s unique vision of our world’s youth has redefined the essence of community-based agriculture. Their mission-based programming embraces so many crucial components of local farming and actually puts them into practice. TFP is not only a program to model; it is a movement to follow.”

“The Food Project Institute was exactly what I needed to get my creative juices flowing around my fledgling ideas for a sustainable food project involving youth.”