the program

The Youth Garden is supported in part by a Community Development Block Grant from the City of San Diego, the Katz Family Trust, SDG&E, the J. F. Beyster Fund , the Schwimmer Fowler Family Fund of The Jewish Community Foundation, and individual donors like you.

The Youth Garden is supported in part by a Community Development Block Grant from the City of San Diego, the Katz Family Trust, SDG&E, the J. F. Beyster Fund , the Schwimmer Fowler Family Fund of The Jewish Community Foundation, and individual donors like you.

The Second Chance Youth Garden is a six-week job training program for young people ages 14-24. 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, nutrition education, financial literacy, 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) as well as farmers markets.  All revenue generated from sales goes back into providing youth with stipends as well as supplies and materials. 

Youth Garden press and radio interviews - Voice of San Diego Careers for Mid-City Youth

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Second Chance- City of San Diego

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
  • Case management
  • Access to a computer lab
  • Access to professional clothing
     

WHERE TO BUY OUR PRODUCE

In order to pay our participant stipends and fund our program, we sell our produce at the following  locations: 

• Second Chance Farm Stand (6145 Imperial Ave, 92114) Thursdays 3:00 -5:30 pm


• Fair@44th International Market (El Cajon Blvd & 44th St, 92105) Wednesdays 3:30-7:30pm


• SD County Office of Education (6401 Linda Vista Rd, 92111) 2nd and 4th Fridays 11:00 am- 1:00pm

 

CSA          

CSA stands for Community Supported Agriculture. It’s an easy way for people to buy fresh and local produce directly from our gardens. Our CSA season starts April 5th, 2017 and lasts 10 weeks. The costs is $30/week or $300 total (Copley YMCA members get a $50 discount). Pick up is on Wednesdays from 3:30 -7:30 pm at the Fair @ 44th (El Cajon Blvd & 44th St, 92105). We take cash, credit/debit, check and/or EBT. Contact us today to reserve your space!                                                                                                                                                          Kristin Kvernland : 619-839-0952 or kkvernland@secondchanceprogram.org.

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.  
 

TO PURCHASE OUR PRODUCE DIRECTLY 

Please contact Youth Garden Program Manager Kristin Kvernland at (619) 839-0952 or kkvernland@secondchanceprogram.org