Seattle Youth Garden Works
Find out about our farm-to-market employment training program for underserved youth ages 16-21.
Seattle Youth Garden Works empowers homeless and underserved youth to develop job skills through urban farm-based education and employment.
At Seattle Youth Garden Works, youth ages 16-21 gain a meaningful employment experience in urban agriculture. People from diverse backgrounds come together to grow food and market a wide variety of produce. Through this work, youth and young adults develop leadership skills and personal connections to the food system.
The Seattle Youth Garden Works program works with youth who are experiencing food scarcity, housing instability, involvement with the juvenile justice system, or greater than average barriers to employment.
On the farm, youth participate in all aspects of a farm-to-market operation. They learn urban organic farming techniques, marketing and business skills, social-emotional skills, and ways to engage with their local communities through a lens of racial and social justice. The program helps youth achieve educational, financial and employment goals and encourages them to build strong relationships with peers, adult staff and volunteers.
Crew members spend about half their time working on the farm. The other half is spent on education and self-development. While the farm is the best teaching tool we have, we supplement it with a well-rounded curriculum that includes cooking and nutrition, financial literacy, job readiness, goal-setting and peer-to-peer feedback. Youth leave the program better equipped for whatever they want to do in life.
Join the Youth Crew
We are currently accepting applications for the year-long 2016-2017 program. The application is available in Word format or as a PDF. Applications can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org, faxed to 206-633-0450 Attn: SYGW or dropped off/mailed to:
4649 Sunnyside Avenue N, Ste. 100
Seattle, WA 98103
Buy direct! Support Seattle Youth Garden Works by purchasing our fresh, certified organic produce at farm stands across Seattle. Visit the crew selling the seasonal veggies, fruits and herbs they've worked hard to grow while growing themselves in the process. Find out more about Seattle Tilth Produce.
- Saturdays, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., at the University District Farmers Market, April-Nov
- Saturdays, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., at our Food & Farm Hub warehouse,5133 S Director Street, Seattle, June-Oct.
- Wednesdays, 3-7 p.m., at the Columbia City Farmers Market, May-Oct.
- Wednesdays, 3:30-7 p.m., at the Wallingford Farmers Market, June-Sept.
Work alongside SYGW youth on the farm, modeling good work skills and providing youth with opportunities to be heard by supportive adults:
See our volunteer page for more information.
Help out by harvesting on the farm! The Seattle Youth Garden Works Harvest Crew meets on Fridays beginning May 6, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Contact Kristen Roewer to join the crew.
In order to realize the full potential of Seattle Youth Garden Works, we need community support. Please make a donation to support our work!
The Seattle Youth Garden Works urban farm is based at the Center for Urban Horticulture (CUH). The farm is located west of the buildings and Northwest of the Union Bay Natural Area. Visit the CUH website for more information about the site and bus routes. See a Google Map to the farm.
Enjoy this article "Youth Program Plants Seeds for Success" from the "Seattle Times" by Aaron Jaffe (Oct. 31, 2011). Check out a video created by David Barbosa and team about Seattle Youth Garden Works.
Contact us if you have any feedback or questions!
- Kristen Roewer, Seattle Youth Garden Works Program Manager:
email email@example.com or call (206) 633-0451 ext. 111.
- Anthony Reyes, Seattle Youth Garden Works Farm Coordinator:
- Rae Rome, Seattle Youth Garden Works Program Coordinator:
Supported by King Conservation District.