CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It’s an easy way for people to buy fresh and local produce directly from our gardens while supporting low-income, at-risk or justice-involved youth in our community. Our CSA Spring season is already at capacity, but our Summer Season starts July 17, 2019 and lasts 10 weeks (September 18). The cost for 10 weekly boxes of fresh produce is $300, which allows us to provide stipends to youth in the program.
1 CSA box sign up = 1 youth employed in our garden
Here’s a sample of what your Summer 2019 box might include (8-10 items, varies weekly):
• Lettuce • Tomatoes
• Zucchini • Carrots
• Beets • Eggplant
All of our produce is grown from non-GMO seeds using compost that is made on site. We do not use any synthetic chemicals, pesticides or fertilizers.
PURCHASE OUR PRODUCE
In order to pay our participant stipends and fund our program, we sell our produce weekly at pop-up farm stands. We accept cash, credit/debit, check and/or EBT.
SPECIAL EVENTS, CATERING & RESTAURANT SALES
We work with local restaurants and can make arrangements to grow special crops. We are also able to host special events at our two urban garden sites.
For more information about placing special orders, please contact Kristin Kvernland.
The Second Chance Youth Garden is a six-week job training program for young people ages 14-21. Our program combines classroom and experiential learning to increase youth awareness of urban agriculture and food justice, and help move them towards successful high school graduation or employment.
Program components include healthy cooking classes, job readiness/development and youth development workshops. Upon completion of the program, youth receive individual case management and work toward high school graduation, paid internship opportunities, employment or higher education.
All garden produce is sold through a Community Supported Agriculture Program (CSA), restaurants and pop-up farm stands. All revenue generated from sales goes back into providing youth with stipends as well as supplies and materials.
BENEFITS of the program
During the six-week garden-based training program, youth seed, cultivate, transplant and harvest the fruits of their labor, while learning about composting, soil fertility, irrigation, and plant anatomy. They also acquire sales and marketing skills by helping to sell the produce.
Build a work ethic
Receive a weekly stipend
Receive job placement assistance
Receive school credit