CSA Membership          

We are now accepting registration for our Fall CSA!   

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 Fall Season starts October 2, 2019 and lasts 10 weeks (December 4). The cost for 10 weekly boxes of fresh produce is $300, which allows us to provide stipends to youth in the program. 

Pick up is at Second Chance, Nate's Garden GrillMitchell International and Coronado.  If 5 or more people sign up from another location, we will deliver to you (your home or business)!    

Youth planting in the garden

1 CSA box sign up = 1 youth employed in our garden

Here’s a sample of what your Fall 2019 box might include (8-10 items, varies weekly):

• Kale • Tomatoes
• Zucchini • Cucumbers
• 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

Farm Stands

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.

Youth working at Second Chance Farm Stand

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 program

The Youth Garden is supported in part by the City of San Diego, San Diego County Board of Supervisors, WD-40 Company, The San Diego Foundation, Sempra Energy Foundation, The Bravo Foundation and individual donors like you.

The Youth Garden is supported in part by the City of San Diego, San Diego County Board of Supervisors, WD-40 Company, The San Diego Foundation, Sempra Energy Foundation, The Bravo Foundation and individual donors like you.

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. 

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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

  • Case management

Check out the garden on ABC10 News!