The Food Project’s nationally recognized approach to leadership development combines agriculture, enterprise, and service to create a rigorous, practical, and integrated experience. As young people move through Seed Crew (summer), Dirt Crew (academic season), and Root Crew (year-round), they gain skills and knowledge to be leaders in their communities.  

Each year, 140 teenagers from Greater Boston and the North Shore of Eastern Massachusetts cultivate The Food Project’s urban and suburban land. These young people participate in workshops, serve at local hunger relief organizations, lead volunteers on the farms, build raised bed gardens, and work with the community to find innovative ways to expand food access.

At The Food Project, youth are committed, powerful agents of change. We bring together a diverse group of young people across racial, socio-economic, gender identity, and geographic differences to partner with adults in building a more equitable food system for everyone.

Learn About the Youth Crews