Urban farming: Grow dat youth farm
Gardening creates benefits well beyond fresh, hyperlocal food. It can provide fruits and vegetables to neighborhoods with limited access to them. It can offer opportunities for physical activity to people who aren’t interested in jogging. And, of course, it can serve as an educational activity.
Grow Dat Youth Farm, an urban agriculture project, combines all of these purposes into an opportunity for high school-aged kids – many at risk of failing at school and falling into lives of crime – to develop leadership and occupational skills in a communal setting.
The kids who participate in this program not only get meaningful, paid work experience, but also chances to learn about agriculture, cooking, and business. Some graduates can even come back to work with the current crop of recruits. No doubt, it’s a life-changing experience for many of them. Take a look at the video to get a full sense of how this opportunity affects these kids: