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Youth Programs

Earthworks hosts two weekly youth programs, Growing Healthy Kids and Youth Farm Stand from February through November, with additional summer camps for each program. Youth living within two miles of the Capuchin Soup Kitchen are invited to register for our youth programs. If you live outside of our neighborhood we'd love to talk with you about sponsoring a youth gardening program in your community.

Growing Healthy Kids –a program for 5- to 11-year-olds learn the basics of gardening, nutrition, cultural awareness, environmental stewardship and healthy living in our weekly classes. Held on-site at the Capuchin Soup Kitchen on Meldrum, we start each day with a healthy snack, outdoor play time, or coloring. Our main activities include planning our flower and vegetable garden, painting garden signs, cooking pancakes, extracting honey and starting seed transplants in our greenhouse. International Food Night is a favorite as kids stamp their passports and "visit" countries from around the world by tasting ethnic cuisines. The season culminates in an End of the Year Celebration with kids and families. The program is free to all families, although if you are able to contribute, we suggest a donation of $5 per season, or $15 for the year, per family.

Growing Healthy Kids is held on Thursdays 5-7 p.m., February through November. For info on how to enroll your child in Earthworks youth programs, please email Denis Rochac, Education Manager at drochac@cskdetroit.org.

Are you interested in bringing youth into your garden or adding a garden to your youth program? We support gardeners in Detroit, Highland Park, and Hamtramck with workshops, program supplies and curriculum. For more information about how to get involved or to request copies of specific lessons, please contact us at earthworks@cskdetroit.org. The workshop series generally begins in February of each year and continues through Fall with four seasonal workshops and some additional gatherings for adults and/or youth. Our Growing Healthy Kids curriculum has been developed and tested over the past five years and we’re happy to share it with you. Click below for samples of our curriculum, including some delicious, healthy snacks:

Youth Farm Stand - 12- to 17-year-olds are engaged in farming, marketing, personal development and learning about our community food system. Participants help in our greenhouse, learn about plant lifecycles, help with our value added products, help harvest and prepare vegetables from our field for market and attend market days with our staff (please see the calendar for a list of market days. We developed the Youth Farm Stand program when we realized that many Growing Healthy Kids participants were in need of more advanced programming and simply needed to have their own older kids group. 2005 was our pilot year, during which we distributed food from our garden and local farmers to more than 780 food stamp eligible adults. Since then we have grown and adapted our program and 2009 will be the first season of our new Youth Farm Stand garden space, entirely planned and managed by the teens. In 2008, we partnered with The Greening of Detroit to establish Youth Growing Detroit, a collection of youth farm stand sites around Detroit, and hosted two Youth Growing Detroit summits for all teens participating in the city in addition to sharing market tables among all the sites during the summer. Youth participants receive stipends for their market work. The program is free to all families, although if you are able to contribute, we suggest a donation of $5 per season, or $15 for the year, per family. Youth Farm Stand is held on Tuesdays 5-7 pm, February through November. Applications can be returned to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Attention: Earthworks, 1264 Meldrum, Detroit, MI 48207.

Youth Farm Stand is held on Tuesdays 5-7 pm, February through November.  Applications can be returned to the Capuchin Soup Kitchen, Attention: Earthworks, 1264 Meldrum, Detroit, MI 48207.

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