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The Youth Agriculture Project is part of the University of Vermont Extension Service's 4-H program. Our mission is to help young people build life and job skills through hands-on learning about food, nutrition and agriculture.
Youth Ag was established in 2001 to serve non-traditional / underserved 4-H audiences, such as older teens, low-income youth, youth identified as "at risk," and kids with behavioral and developmental challenges. We develop, coordinate, teach, and support educational programs that focus on agricultural workforce development, including:
- Workshops for educators and service providers about using agriculture as a vehicle for youth to develop life and job skills such as communication, teambuilding, and leadership;
- Coordination and support for community-based youth tractor safety certification;
- In the Brattleboro area, school year and summer programs on a one-acre educational farm.
Since its start in 2001, the Youth Agriculture Project has served almost 6,000 youth, who together have grown over 35,000 pounds of organic produce. Farmers' market and direct sales have brought in close to $13,000 to support on-farm education, and over 19,000 pounds of fresh food have been donated to local hunger relief programs and schools
How We Farm
Each season, we grow over 1,000 pounds of produce with schools and other community partners, donating about half.
Your contribution can help us continue to offer job training for under-served teens, plus nutritional and gardening educational programming for younger children, and support for community gardens and other food security projects.