Creating active youth leaders through the process of growing, sharing, and selling food.
Teens and their families can learn about growing their own food by participating in our community gardening program, attending a gardening class, and visiting a garden park and Possum Creek MetroPark, where they can grow vegetables in the demonstration gardens. Dedicated City Beets volunteers are invited to stop by the farm at Possum Creek to talk with staff about the new gardens, help build beds and find out what other volunteer opportunities are available this summer.
In this summer program, youth ages 12-15 years old:
- Grow vegetables in the demonstration garden at Possum Creek MetroPark Farm
- Learn leadership & job skills
- Sell food at the Saturday 2nd Street Market
- Take local volunteer field trips
- Learn about where food comes from and food systems
- Prepare & eat snacks from harvested food
- Make new friends
When does City Beets happen?
Youth Managers will attend pre-summer training sessions through May. During the summer, all City Beets youth meet for eight weeks. Youth are expected to attend all sessions.
Summer sessions are typically as follows:
- Optional: Monday evening Family Garden Time
- Wednesdays: 9:00am-12:30pm
- Fridays: 9:00am-12:30 pm
- Saturdays: Several shifts at the 2nd Street Market are required. Times may vary.
Who should apply for City Beets?
Youth ages 12-15 years old who:
- Enjoy being outside
- Have an interest in gardening or business
- Can commit to attend all sessions
- Want a unique summer experience!
What are the benefits?
Youth will learn valuable skills in business, communication, leadership, problem-solving, nutrition, and cooperation. City Beets participants also receive gift cards totaling $100 for satisfactory participation. Youth Managers will recieve $200 in gift cards.
Adults, get involved!
Would you like to get involved with City Beets? We are always seeking City Beets Mentors. Mentors work in the garden, help with nutrition and cooking classes, attend field trips, or a mixture of all three! Please contact Kevin Kepler at (937) 275-7275 or Kevin.firstname.lastname@example.org.