Ground Up Organics Growing Food and Empowering Youth

Summer youth at the Yesler farm.

Ground Up works with youth ages 14 – 19 and focuses on food literacy, food security and environmental management as key driving factors of a strong, just and healthy community.  The 12 week curriculum uses hands-on learning that promotes curiosity and builds their skills as critical thinkers, active community leaders and change agents.

Hollyhocks at Yesler

Each workshop incorporates a Soil, Self and Community theme.  Trainers and youth work on a cycle of learn, practice and teach.

Core learning areas include:

  • Composting and Soil Life Cycle
  • Cooking and Kitchen Skills
  • Food Justice
  • Personal Development and Leadership Training
  • Communication and Media
  • Organic Growing

Funding from RaVE helped bring this this program to the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetland and put together gardening kits for local residents.