Farming feeds neighbors and cultivates leaders.

The Food and Farm Program empowers youth to unite with their community to address the complex issues of hunger, nutrition, food access, sustainable agriculture, and responsible land use.

Organic Vegtables

On the Farm at VYCC and partnering farms, Corps Members grow a diversified crop of vegetables from seed to harvest using sustainable techniques and organic practices. Corps Members plant starts in greenhouses, transplant them to the fields, harvest and wash vegetables, weigh and package them for delivery.

On the Farm at VYCC, we grow broccoli, beets, basil, beans, cabbage, carrots, chard, cucumber, eggplant, garlic, kale, lettuce, onion, parsley, peas, potatoes, radish, scallions, spinach, summer squash, tomatoes, pepper, and winter squash.

Vegetables grown on the Farm at VYCC go into the Health Care Share – a food donation program for local families.

livestock management

The Farm at VYCC grows chickens for meat, has a flock of laying hens, and grazes a small number of cattle. Corps Members assist in daily care of chickens and other livestock on the farm.

Chicken raised on the Farm at VYCC gets frozen and included in the Health Care Share – a food donation program for local families.

Nutrition Education

Corps Members bring food from the fields into the kitchen to gain cooking skills and learn about personal nutrition. They prepare healthy meals and value-added products including jam, canned and pickled vegetables. These are important products for a farm operation. Corps Members learn how to turn raw product into a more valuable item, which is also a useful lesson in how to avoid waste.

off site gleaning

Some crews visit orchards, berry farms, and other farm operations to glean excess food for the Health Care Share – a food donation program for local families.

VYCC didn’t just teach me how to farm and about healthy food, it also taught me how to interact with co-workers, how to socialize, how to be a good employee and how to create good connections with co-workers. People who work on the VYCC farm crew are not just co-workers to me, I see them as friends and family.”

— RoZe