The Yisrael Family Urban Farm seeks to connect local youth to the resources and support they need to grow fresh food. Our motto is ‘Transforming the Hood for Good.’ Through team building exercises, hands on projects, and field trips, Project GOOD (Growing Our Own Destiny) is the vehicle we will use to cultivate the communities of at risk youth and plant fertile seeds in the soil of their minds. We have worked alongside volunteers and neighbors in the construction of several backyard gardens as well as transforming vacant lots into a local garden. Through one-on-one mentorship, skill-building workshops, and neighborhood organizing, The Yisrael Family Urban Farm improves the food security, self-reliance, overall health of our community.
Project G.O.O.D. (Growing Our Own Destiny) brings youth together from different backgrounds to have fun together, while learning where food comes from, how it is grown and how to prepare it. Careful mentoring, meaningful work, humor and kindness are at the center of all we do at The Yisrael Family Urban Farm!
Youth will find value in real work, experience first-hand what it means to be stewards of the earth, reconnect with food, and be the change you want to see in this world.
In the Project G.O.O.D. Program youth will:
- Be fully integrated into our urban farm - a highly productive place, with a vegetable garden, orchard, backyard chickens and bees.
- Will have the opportunity to prepare lunch for one another using food grown on the farm .Youth may learn how to make bread from scratch, wield a cutting knife effectively, and prepare great meals.
- Will receive a stipend for their work and participation.
- Will partner with area slam poets, food activists, farm workers and farmers to learn about every aspect of the food system and how to live a meaningful life. ...the most important actor in this extraordinary learning setting will be you!
A crucial component of this curriculum is youth leadership and empowerment. Together with exercises in social-emotional learning, project GOOD is planned and implemented in a way that allows for and encourages youth to enhance their leadership abilities. Youth are challenged to take on responsibility for their personal success as well as success of the farm and our organization.
For more information on Project GOOD or for information on how to apply, please contact us. at (888) 487-9494 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.