The City Harvest Youth Conservation Corps is a farm-based program that fosters a connection to the land and local food through hands-on, agricultural experiences while teaching critical work and leadership skills at the same time.
The program challenges youth to step out of their comfort zones while developing critical work skills and opening their eyes to the importance of local food – to our health, our communities, and the local economy. The kids grow healthy food for food pantries and farmers markets – while infusing leadership skills and changing perspectives along the way.
The kids take on all of the jobs at the farm – planting, weeding, and hoeing in the fields, then sales and customer service through the farmers market s. The kids have also become teachers and mentors through a partnership with the Mattapan, Blue Hills, and Yawkey Way Boys & Girls Clubs, in which the Youth Corps teens work with the Boys & Girls Club students in the farm fields once a week, and then continue the lessons in the classroom.
For its first three seasons, the City Harvest Youth Corps program was based at The Trustees’ Powisset Farm in Dover and operated for the summer growing season from June through August. In just four short years the program has offered farm-based educational programming for more than 250 children, accumulated more than 200 volunteer hours from partner organizations, and served hundreds people who are able to buy fresh produce from the kids at the Mattapan Farmers Market and the Bowdoin Geneva Farmers Market.
Visit us and buy our tasty, fresh-from-the-fields produce at our farmers market booths this season!
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