Urban Agriculture

Deepening youth’s connection to the earth and the leaders within

We pride ourselves on caring for the land that feeds us. The GCYC campus was designed with sustainability in mind. Our beautiful rooftop garden and 1.75 acres of accessible agricultural space on South Chicago Avenue support youth learning about urban agriculture and honing their skills. Through the wonders of STEAM–science, technology, environmental science and studies, art and math–we help young people deepen connections to the land, support stronger local economies, and build healthier communities.

Opportunities include:

  • STEAM-based programming where our youth drive learning
  • Exploring and participating in sustainable green career pathways through field trips, mentoring, and career fairs
  • Earning while learning through Green Teens, employment-readiness stipend-based programs, and seasonal part-time positions for young people
  • Developing, leading, and participating in entrepreneurial projects such as honey production and flower sales
  • Learning about food systems, environmental issues, and civic leadership to raise awareness about urban agriculture and increase impact in the GCYC community
  • Learning conservation practices through working relationships with local, state, and regional parks
  • Holding leadership positions through the Gary Comer (Formerly Future Farmers of America) and Jr. MANRRS (Junior Minorities in Agriculture, Natural Resources and Related Sciences) chapters and participating in conferences, trips, and Career Development Events
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