For the past two weeks, I have been attending orientation training and webinars for the Mayor’s Youth Program and the Georgia Teens Work summer employment programs for kids. I’m really excited about the opportunity to partner with these organizations to offer students a chance to learn business plan development skills that are tied to the urban agriculture industry.
To date, there have been 10 lucky kids assigned to work at the new Metro Atlanta Urban Farm. What I’m hoping the kids will take away from this experience is the fact that they are excited about telling their peers they got to work on an inner-city farm. In addition, they will be providing a lot of input into the development of an “edible schoolyard” curriculum designed to help transition the Atlanta Public School Lunc System into a local produce driven purchasing system.
The farm will introduce the kids to three successfull inner city gardening and farming demonstration models: community garden plots, commercial farm plots, and an edible schoolyard. Good stuff, right?!
We’re still in need of a couple of supplies (i.e., 15-passenger van and garden toolkits). If you know anyone that can help us out, please let them know about all the cool stuff we’re doing.
Check back with me later to see how the kids are doing or visit the NEXT Steps website at www.nextstepsyep.org.