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 through garden-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 diverse selection of vegetables. In the process they develop leadership skills and personal connections to the food system.
Homeless and underserved youth participate in our job training program emphasizing responsibility and growth. They grow, harvest and sell produce at farmers markets, participating in all aspects of the food system and gain a range of employment and life skills.
Crew members spend about half their time on the farm doing farm work. The other half is spent on education. While the farm is the best teaching tool we have, we still supplement that with a well-rounded curriculum that includes everything from gardening and cooking skills to nutrition education, resume building, public speaking and small business training. Youth leave the program better equipped for whatever they want to do in life.
Join the Youth Crew
Buy our fresh produce and meet the crew at our farm stands! Everything is grown using organic and environmntally friendly techniques. 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 Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands
- Wednesdays, 3:30-7 p.m., at the Wallingford Farmers Market, June-Sept.
Youth mentors 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 on this and other volunteer opportunities.
The Seattle Youth Garden Works Veggie Crew meets on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the summer -- help out by doing farm work with us. Contact Kristen Roewer to join the crew firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 SYGW urban farm is based at the Center for Urban Horticulture. 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.