Youth and Community Programs
Farm Tours and Field Trips
A trip to Mill Creek Farm consists of a one-hour tour of the farm and facilities. During the tour your group will explore the many aspects of urban farming including our chemical free/sustainable growing practices, composting, food access, our bee apiary as well as demonstration projects such as our innovative tool-shed made of recycled and salvaged materials, a composting toilet, a living roof, a water catchment system, a cob (a natural building method) walls and oven, solar electricity, and a found object mosaic.
Our educational programming can be adapted for all ages and we can link activities to themes relevant to the group (i.e. urban/vacant land use, community service, nutrition, environmental stewardship, plant life cycles, sustainability, etc.). If your group (teenagers and older) is interested in expanding the trip to include farm work, please contact us to discuss the possibilities.
Youth Leadership Internships
Mill Creek Farm offers paid high school internships to students living in the Mill Creek neighborhood. A crew of students works 20 hours a week in the summer and 8 hours a week during the school year, gaining leadership and job training skills while working on the farm and at our markets. Students can remain in this program for up to four years, improving their relationship to healthy eating and exercise, becoming more comfortable in the outdoors and building awareness of the food justice movement.
Each season Mill Creek Farm offers apprenticeships for people interested in expanding their knowledge of sustainable agriculture and urban farming. Apprentices assist with field work, harvests, our markets, and tours.
After-School Gardening and
Our after school program provides hands- on exploration of an urban farm for students from local elementary schools. From seed to mature fruit, students learn what it takes to grow healthy fruits and vegetables and expand their pallettes while learning about the benefits of fresh produce. Students participate throughout the academic year, watching the farm change through the seasons. Students continue to visit the farm and volunteer during summer vacation and become eligible for our paid internships upon entering high school.
Community- Led Workshops and Workday
Mill Creek Farm offers educational workshops and skill shares on topics ranging from
Cobb Building to Healthy Soils to Vegetarian Cooking. We enlist the expertise of staff and
community members to lead workshops. Check our Events page to stay up to date on educational offerings. All workshops are free to the public and open to people of all ages and abilities.