Green Corps teens harvest fresh fruits and veggies for their neighbors
Growing and selling food has been one of the cornerstones of the Green Corps program since it began. Each year, Green Corps strives to increase production of healthy, local, organically grown food that can be sold all over Cleveland. We cultivate a wide variety of vegetables, fruit and berries at all of our learning farms, and not just during the summer growing season.
Inside high tunnels at the Buckeye Woodland Learning Farm, produce is grown over the winter, and seeds are planted for the upcoming season. Beginning in April, seedlings are transplanted out to the farms and cared for by staff and students.
Once the summer season begins in June, we harvest at each learning farm to then sell our produce at Shaker Square, Cleveland Clinic and Slavic Broadway farmers markets.
Green Corps has expanded opportunities for its fresh produce to reach the homes and plates of many Clevelanders by now accepting EBT, Senior and WIC farmers market nutrition program (FMNP) vouchers.
Using organic methods to cultivate crops, Green Corps has experienced staff members that train and educate all Green Corps students. They learn the latest urban-farming methods so that they can apply these skills and knowledge in the future.
Salsa in the City
A tasty way for you to support Green Corps
The teens in Green Corps make their own medium salsa using fresh ingredients they've grown at their learning farms in Cleveland. Your purchase of Ripe from Downtown salsa helps Green Corps students.
Green Corps teens gain farming, business and life skills
In addition to hands-on work experience, Green Corps students are regularly participating in place-based educational lessons, activities, discussions and experiments intended to deepen their understanding in three main areas: Plant & Agricultural Science, Health & Wellness and Work & Life Skills.
The educational aspects of the program are meant to supplement the work that students are involved in at each learning farm. For example, while building and maintaining compost systems, student employees are being educated in the biological process that is essential to turn organic material into soil.
In addition to the place-based learning, our curriculum encourages teens to assume responsibility, interact with people from a variety of backgrounds and serve as role models in their families and community.
Green Corps students participate in lessons focusing on public speaking and effective communication. Incorporating topics such as this provides them with the skills to serve as ambassadors for the program and allows them to represent their city and communities well.
Overall, Green Corps is working to create vibrant learning and working opportunities that empower youth with skills for the future. We accept applications for the next session of Green Corps in the first quarter of each year.
Cleveland's Crispest Cucumbers
Green Corps produce can be yours
You can support Green Corps and its teenage urban farmers by buying some of the fresh fruits and they