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. Since its start in 2001, the Youth Agriculture Project has served almost 6,500 youth, who together have grown over 35,000 pounds of organic produce. Farmers' market and direct sales have brought in close to $15,000 to support on-farm education, and over 21,000 pounds of fresh food have been donated to local hunger relief programs and schools.
Training youth in safer tractor operation is a high priority in Vermont. Our young people living and working on farms operate a variety of agricultural equipment, including tractors.
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.