City Beets

Creating active youth leaders through the process of growing, sharing, and selling food.

City Beets is a farm-to-market teen leadership program for 12-15 year-olds. Participants grow food while learning valuable skills in business, communication, leadership, problem-solving, nutrition, and cooperation.  Youth selected for the program are expected to attend all summer sessions of the program (June-July).

In this summer program, youth:

  • Grow vegetables in the demonstration garden at Possum Creek MetroPark
  • Learn leadership & job skills
  • Sell food at the Saturday at the 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?

Interviews are held after the deadline for application has passed (March 15). Applicants will then be interviewed and program participants selected. At that time, select applicants will also be named Youth Managers.

Youth Managers will attend pre-summer training sessions through May. During June and July, all City Beets participants will 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 AM -12:30 PM
  • Fridays: 9 AM -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?

In addition to leadership skills training and a summer of fun, City Beets participants also receive gift cards totaling $100 for satisfactory participation. Youth Managers will receive $200 in gift cards.

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