The Teen Urban Farmer’s Mission is to empower teens through a unique summer employment experience and year-round after-school program that builds a strong work ethic and marketable skills in the areas of horticulture, entrepreneurship and leadership.
Teen Urban Farmers has been running continuously since 1999, previously known as the Youth Horticulture Apprenticeship Program. Beginning in 2015, ICG expanded Teen Urban Farmers to include a weekly after-school program for interested students, in addition to its traditional summer program that runs through July and August.
ICG’s Teen Urban Farmers come from incredibly diverse backgrounds and bring unique languages, heritage and cultural perspectives to their work at ICG. They learn how to work as a team, solve problems, persevere through all kinds of weather, and become effective members of the workforce. They also witness firsthand the impact of their work on the environment and on children’s experiences at the Garden.
These teens take on leadership roles in the garden, providing key support for critical garden operations while learning basic job skills from carpentry, composting and cuisine to working with children, working as a team, accomplishing goals, and discovering and developing personal gifts and talents.
Teens looking for a summer job are encouraged to get in touch directly with ICG to learn more, or to contact Youth Employment Services (YES) through the Ithaca Youth Bureau. ICG employs over 15 teens (ages 14-18) each summer.