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. Our programs contribute to improving childhood nutrition, increasing environmental awareness, providing quality education and building community.
What We Do
- Teach garden-based lessons at Title 1 schools that integrate science and other core subjects with outdoor education.
- Provide afterschool and summer garden education for children in schools and communities that experience high food insecurity in partnership with Schools Uniting Neighborhoods (SUN).
- Facilitate intercultural and intergenerational community building through events and workshops in the garden.
- Build the leadership of each school community to make garden programs more sustainable in the long term.
- Harvest produce to donate to the school cafeteria, school-based food pantries and families.
- Act as leader in the garden education field by providing training opportunities, doing research and convening practitioners.
To apply for a school partnership, please contact our Youth Grow Program Manager at email@example.com. Youth Grow takes on new commitments as funding allows and seeks opportunities for joint fundraising.
2018-19 Youth Grow schools
Kelly Elementary (SE), Glenfair Elementary (NE), Davis Elementary (SE), Cherry Park (SE), Powell Butte Elementary (SE), Lent K-8 (SE), Scott K-8 (NE), Whitman Elementary (SE), Faubion K-8 (NE).
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!