The Cultiva Youth Project

                 Cultiva CSA                    

About the program:

The Cultiva Youth Project is a youth leadership program where teens ages 12-19 operate an urban organic farm, growing produce for the local community while developing leadership and job skills. In Boulder, the teens seed, tend, and harvest produce for Growing Gardens’ CSA program, which provides a weekly share of vegetables for 65 community members. In Longmont, this produce is donated to community partners that give the food to locals that are food insecure.

Throughout the summer, the youth deepen connections with our community by engaging in volunteer projects, and by gleaning and donating produce to community members in need.

This hands-on farm experience teaches youth the importance of caring for the earth while learning how to grow their own food, work in a professional environment, operate a small business and create positive change for the community, the environment, and themselves.

Cultiva participants are empowered to make decisions about many aspects of the program. Youth are encouraged to participate in project administration, public relations, and community education, as well as garden work and community service projects.

Click here to watch our 2017 video!


Cultiva Youth Project Goals:

  • Develop leadership, interpersonal and communication skills through group work and peer leadership activities.

  • Build job skills through practical work experience. 

  • Foster connection among the Cultiva team and the greater community through service-learning and community engagement. 

  • Practice healthy living skills through nutrition education, cooking skills and physical fitness. 

  • Engage in organic farming and sustainable agriculture through urban farm operations.

  • Cultivate a connection the land and an understanding of sustainable resource management.

No longer accepting Cultiva Youth Project applications for 2018 (due date was April 16th).

For questions about Boulder Cultiva please contact Megan Reynoso at (970) 795-2907 or by email at mreynoso@growinggardens.org.
For questions about Longmont Cultiva please call Dakota-Rae Westveer at (720) 600-2863 or email Dakota-Rae@growinggardens.org.

 
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