Our Youth Garden partners provide a fertile foundation for Roots youth to grow. We extend the experience by providing participants with unique opportunities to gain courage, confidence and life-enhancing capabilities.
Groundwork Milwaukee – Young Farmers Program
Groundwork Milwaukee’s Young Farmers program builds inter-generational communities around neighborhood-based food systems. Young Farmers teaches organic gardening practices to youth in 3 neighborhoods: Harambee, Metcalfe Park and Sherman Park. Youth at each site work cooperatively to grow produce and sell their harvest to residents in those neighborhoods. By doing so, Young Farmers increase access to healthy foods, meet neighbors, and see themselves as important change agents for positive community transformations.
Learn-Earn-Grow Milwaukee (LEG MKE)
Learn-Earn-Grow Milwaukee (LEG MKE) is an urban agriculture experience for Milwaukee high school students to access new pathways into higher education, while giving them a unique experiential way to learn food literacy: namely by growing, harvesting, selling, and eating their own food. engage in service learning with urban agriculture mentor/educators throughout the city, giving them a glimpse of how and why others have chosen their profession. Our graduates are trained in resume-writing, job interviewing, workplace etiquette, conflict management, financial literacy and food literacy.
South Division Garden Crew
South Division High School works to prepare students for college, career, and life. We expose youth to opportunities to develop leadership skills, establish relationships with others, serve as mentors to other youth, and develop purpose. One example is our urban agriculture club, The South Division Garden Crew. Our students not only learn the importance of growing their own food, but also serve as mentors for youth from partnering elementary schools, teaching them the value of growing their own food. Our youth are able to grow as leaders and develop the skills they need for success in any of life’s future challenges.