Rooted at Carnation Farms incorporates curriculum and structure from other farm-based youth development programs such as The Food Project in Boston. We tailor our program to our unique rural location 25 miles east of Seattle by incorporating more information about our local food system, hands-on culinary workshops, and opportunities to work at farmer’s markets and special events.
Rooted youth will learn to
Use sustainable practices on our 10-acre organic farm
Cook nutritious food, gain kitchen skills, and plan delicious foods that they can prepare at home
Work hard in agricultural tasks as a team and apply new skills on a job
Explore important social issues like food justice and hunger
Sample weekly schedule
|Morning||Orientation and farmer visit about upcoming week’s field work.|
Field work: weeding, hoeing, planting, harvesting, collecting eggs, feeding animals, cleaning.
|Morning meeting: Welcome, check-in, day’s schedule|
Travel by van to local food bank: stocking shelves, sorting food, cleaning the facility, working in raised garden beds, assisting clients.
|Afternoon||Workshop on youth development topic, including leadership, teamwork, public speaking, personal development||Workshop on cooking, knife skills, nutrition, healthy lifestyle.|
Veggie of the week.
|Continue at food bank then travel back to Carnation Farms for food bank debrief.||Workshop on food system, farm to plate, farming topics, environmental sustainability issues in agriculture||Reflection and integration of week’s activities|