Goodman Youth Grow Local Farm
The Youth Grow Local Farm, a partnership between Community GroundWorks, Madison ,Metropolitan School District and Goodman Community Center, engages a diverse population of elementary, middle and high school students in hands-on, farm-based education in an outdoor classroom. Youth are actively involved in the entire process of running a small-scale organic urban farm - from raising seedlings in the East High greenhouse to harvesting produce at the Goodman Youth Grow Local Farm and packing the food for delivery to the Goodman Community Center’s Fritz Food Pantry. Youth farmers are immersed in community service as they strengthen food security in the community by providing fresh vegetables to the Food Pantry. The 1/2 acre Youth Farm is located on land adjacent to Kennedy Elementary School on the east side of Madison.
During the school year, students work at the farm, in the greenhouse or in the classroom to explore a variety of topics focused on small scale urban agriculture. In the summer, youth farmers work three days a week planting, tending, harvesting, washing and packing the produce for delivery. To read more about the day to day experiences of the farmers, see the following blogs posts here and here.
Seed to Table Curriculum Project
Community GroundWorks and its partners have created a curriculum focused on farming and culinary arts called "Seed to Table". It will be available for free on this website in the coming months.