Youth Grow programs develop sustainable garden education programs that connect kids to nature, inspire a love of eating fresh-grown food, and provide interdisciplinary learning opportunities. Using the garden programs, Youth Grow creates a pathway for increasing family engagement within the school community. Our Familias Saludables program organizes and involves Latino families in school gardens. Our programs improve nutrition and decrease the risk of food insecurity by teaching children lessons in where food comes from, the importance of eating fruits and vegetables and how to grow food through fun hands-on activities.
Growing Gardens’ Youth Grow programs provide a unique, multi-year partnership at elementary schools where at least 60% of the students are eligible for free/reduced price meals — ensuring that we reach those most in need. To apply for a school partnership, please contact Youth Grow Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org. Youth Grow takes on new commitments as funding allows and seeks opportunities for joint fundraising.
Through our School Partnerships, Growing Gardens:
- Provides after-school and summer food gardening programs through the Schools Uniting Neighborhoods Community School (SUN CS) program.
- Co-teaches with teachers to utilize the garden as a learning tool during the school day.
- Supports a school garden committee so that parents, teachers and volunteers can sustain the garden program in the long term.
- Facilitate intercultural and inter-generational community building.
- Connects the garden to the cafeteria.
2016-2017 Youth Grow schools
Kelly Elementary (SE), Glenfair Elementary (NE), Cesar Chavez K-8 (N), Davis Elementary (SE), Cherry Park (SE), Lynch Wood Elementary (SE), Lent K-8 (SE), Vernon K-8 (NE), Abernethy Elementary (SE).
Youth Grow in the News
“Healthy Habits Take Root” showcases the PPS Nutrition Services Farm to School Program in action at Lent Elementary. Students experience hands-on garden lessons, farm field trips and Harvest of the Month cafeteria promotions through partnerships with Growing Gardens, Zenger Farm and the Oregon State University Extension SNAP-Ed Program.
Watch the Gardening in Schools segment on AM Northwest KATU News featuring Youth Grow!