Growing the Next Generation
Working with youth is a top priority for Field & Fork Network as we seek to strengthen the future of our food system. Our Urban Seeds program is a multi-faceted educational and outreach program for youth and young-adults who want to learn more about the food system and their role in it. The youth program focuses on teaching the full spectrum of our food system from seed to waste. The interactive curriculum provides participants’ hands-on learning and exposure to various actors in the food chain including farmers, business owners and as consumers themselves. Our Urban Seeds Sprouts program, for 11-17 year olds, informs participants the connection between food and healthy in order to make healthy choices. The Urban Seeds Cultivators program for young-adults, ages 17-24, focuses on training participants how to be food entrepreneurs. Participants get the opportunity to explore careers within the food system and develop work readiness and life skills. Youth that experience the Urban Seeds curriculum become accessible resources, energetic conduits of information, and a friendly reminder that fresh food is essential to everyday community life.