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Seattle Youth Garden Works

Find out about our farm-to-market employment training program for underserved youth ages 16-21.

Seattle Youth Garden Works empowers homeless and underserved youth through garden-based education and employment.


At Seattle Youth Garden Works, youth ages 16-21 gain a meaningful employment experience in urban agriculture. People from diverse backgrounds come together to grow food and market a diverse selection of vegetables. In the process they develop leadership skills and personal connections to the food system.Thumbs Up Zukes

Homeless and underserved youth participate in a job training program emphasizing responsibility and growth.  They grow, harvest and sell produce at farmers markets, participating in all aspects of the food system and gain a range of employment and life skills.

Crew members spend about half their time on the farm doing farm work. The other half is spent on education. While the farm is the best teaching tool we have, we still supplement that with a well-rounded curriculum that includes everything from gardening and cooking skills to nutrition education, resume building, public speaking and small business training. Youth leave the program better equipped for whatever they want to do in life.

Join the Youth Crew

We're currently accepting applications for spring crew members. The application is available in Word format or as a PDF. Deadline to apply is Friday, April 4.

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Farmer's Market Stand

Buy produce and meet the crew at our farm stand! Find us every Saturday 9 a.m.-2 p.m. at the University District Farmer's Market April-Nov.


Youth mentors work alongside SYGW youth on the farm, modeling good work skills and providing youth with opportunities to be heard by supportive adults.  See our volunteer page for more information on this and other volunteer opportunities

The Seattle Youth Garden Works Veggie Crew meets on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the summer. Contact Kristen Roewer to join the crew

Community Support

In order to realize the full potential of Seattle Youth Garden Works, we need community support. Please donate through the button below.


The SYGW urban farm is based at the Center for Urban Horticulture. The farm is located west of the buildings and Northwest of the Union Bay Natural Area. Visit the CUH website for more information about the site and bus routes.  See a Google Map to the farm.


Enjoy this article "Youth Program Plants Seeds for Success" from the "Seattle Times" by Aaron Jaffe (Oct. 31, 2011).  Check out the video created by David Barbosa and team about SYGW.




Contact us if you have any feedback or questions! Email or call Kristen Roewer, Program Coordinator at (206) 633-0451 ext. 111.


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