The “Seed to Table” Community Garden, (built in November of 2013) gives youth an opportunity to LEARN, GROW, and PROFIT. The garden serves as an outdoor learning science and nutrition laboratory, as well as, an environment for teaching youth business principles and skills as they are guided through the entrepreneurial process. This process begins with planting the garden and ends with selling the produce at the Farmers Market. The garden youths begin planting for the season in late March and harvest their crops through October.
Throughout the season, youth, ages 7 – 18 are:
- Provided gardening, nutrition and environmental education.
- Engaged in self-employment. Produce from the garden is sold; profit is split – students share two thirds and the program gets one third for sustainability.
- Developing life-long interest in food production, healthy eating habits and business principals.
- Empowered, giving them a sense of ownership and commitment.
- Exposed to green jobs and technology while developing social and leadership skills.