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.
Corps Members plant, grow, harvest, and deliver organic vegetables and poultry. While the Food and Farm Program’s Richmond campus is the primary work site, crews also grow and glean crops on partnering farms.
The Food and Farm Program offers paid positions, internships, credit-bearing opportunities and a gap semester program for high school graduates. All of these experiences allow young people to get their hands dirty and learn how to grow food.
Corps Members work in teams called crews, which are typically six to eight members with one or two Crew Leaders.
In addition to delicious, organic food, we cultivate leaders.
Every day, crews read and discuss an article. This education time, called WoRD (Writing, Reading, and Discussion) allows crew members to learn something new, and sparks interesting conversations. Corps Members take turns selecting articles and facilitating conversations.
Crew Leaders teach their crew the skills needed to complete each task. They meet one-on-one each week with Corps Members to discuss personal challenges, achievements, and goals.
Corps Members become deeply connected with food, the land we rely upon, the many community members it takes to create a complete food system, food justice, and the connection between diet and health. All participants complete cooking and nutrition classes; the experience is literally seed to plate.
The VYCC experience helps each Corps Member see themselves as someone capable of leading a group, making a difference, and completing a project that at first might seem impossible. Discover just how strong and capable you are. No special skills are required!