Seattle Youth Garden Works

Dayjha & TameraAt Seattle Youth Garden Works, youth ages 16-21 gain a meaningful employment experience in urban agriculture. People from diverse backgrounds come together to grow food and market a diverse selection of vegetables. In the process they develop leadership skills and personal connections to the food system.

Crew members spend about half their time on the farm doing farm work. The other half is spent on education. While the farm is the best teaching tool we have, we still supplement that with a well-rounded curriculum that includes everything from gardening and cooking skills to nutrition education, resume building, public speaking and small business training. Youth leave the program better equipped for whatever they want to do in life.

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KatieBefore working at Seattle Tilth, Katie Pencke grew up in Southeast Seattle, studied ecology at the University of Arizona in Tucson and Horticulture at South Seattle Community College. Working as a bi-lingual healthcare educator, as a gardener with Seattle Parks and as an experiential educator with Passages Northwest, Girls on the Sound, and Tucson’s Bicycle Inter-Community Art and Salvage prepared her to begin her Seattle Tilth career as a learning garden coordinator in 2008. Since that time, she helped start Seattle Tilth Farm Works in Auburn, and the Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands, where she is now program manager for Seattle Youth Garden Works South.
Kristen Roewer spends most of her time thinking about food and believes it to be the connective tissue needed to turn individuals into community. Before taking on the role as program coordinator for Seattle Youth Garden Works, Kristen studied at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, farmed in various foreign countries and worked in local restaurants – all of which gave her a deep appreciation and lifelong passion for all things relating to food. The Seattle Youth Garden Works program has recently grown to Rainier Beach Urban Farm and Wetlands, and Kristen is now managing the SYGW program in north Seattle at the Center for Urban Horticulture. She is happiest sharing meals and telling stories while working alongside with the amazing SYGW youth and young adults. In her free time, Kristen loves to cook and eat, read and write, take photos, hike and sleep under the stars.


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