Plants require three basic elements for survival. They have been and will always be nature’s holy trinity: food, water and sunshine. Though for some time there has been chatter among gardeners and farmers alike that there is a fourth component key to a plant’s ability to thrive: love.
Yisrael Family Urban Farms, more than your average backyard garden, practices that philosophy in spades as they grow healthful foods for themselves and their community.
This summer the Yisrael family is tackling a new and widespread endeavor, Project G.O.O.D. (Growing Our Own Destiny) and they are seeking help from youth to do so.
Program attendees are guaranteed to “find value in real work, experience firsthand what it means to be stewards of the earth, reconnect with food, and be a leader in your community,” according to an online flyer.
The only two applicant qualifications are residing in a designated BHC area and fully committing to attend the program in its entirety. Also, youth in the program will be paid in stipends.
The mission of the Summer Youth Leadership Program is to “transform the hood for G.O.O.D. using agriculture as a tool for community engagement, empowerment, and employment,” relayed the flyer. “Project G.O.O.D. brings youth together from different backgrounds to have fun together while learning where food comes from, how it is grown, and how to prepare it. Careful mentoring, meaningful work, humor and kindness are at the center of all we do at Yisrael Family Urban Farm!”
Apply at the Yisrael Family Urban Farms Website.