The Young Urban Farmers
The Young Urban Farmers program (YUF) is a work-based learning youth development program for high school students to learn technical gardening and farming skills, gain exposure to new foods through culinary arts, and explore entrepreneurial endeavors.
The Young Urban Farmers program utilizes a multifaceted approach to encourage community and civic engagement in young people. Participants gain job training skills at the West Broad Farmers Market, learn about careers in Agriculture through field trips, farm visits, and guest speakers, and test potential business ideas through step-by-step business planning. Our curriculum is taught from a social justice perspective that is founded in equity and community empowerment.
In 2013, Athens Land Trust established the Young Urban Farmers (YUF) program in partnership with the Clarke County School District (CCSD). Since its inception, the program has expanded from working solely with Classic City High School to collaborating with all 3 CCSD high schools. To date, the program has provided over 200 high school students with sustainable agriculture and entrepreneurship education, work experience and personal development.
A goal of the Young Urban Farmers program is to help Clarke County youth develop valuable, transferable skills that will enhance confidence and competence as they prepare to enter the competitive workforce. The YUF Program runs from September through July. During the school year, YUF work an average of 8-12 hours per week. Summer offers a more intensive experience of 18-20 hours per week. YUF are paid a wage of $8.50/hour and receive the profits from their respective on-farm enterprises.
Elements of the YUF Program
The three core elements of the YUF program are Hands-on Learning, Entrepreneurship, and Leadership Development.