As the summer heats up, our gardens show no signs of slowing down! Incredible amounts of produce have been pouring out of the Food for All gardens, spreading positive impacts to our neighbors and community through the gift of nutritious produce. During this particularly fruitful time of year, we’d like to take a moment to spotlight an equally fruitful program that Trellis runs with your support.  

Youth Seed Enterprise (YSE) is an 8-week long summer program, where teenagers learn how to manage organic gardens and facilitate the distribution of produce to the surrounding neighborhoods through a dignified exchange model. This year, more than 50 youth are running 5 different gardens from Phoenixville to Pottstown. Through their community building and outreach, they have signed up over 70 households to receive a weekly subscription of fresh produce. 

These YSE participants are taking the idea of a local food system to the next level by hand delivering nutritious food directly back into the communities in which their gardens are located!

In addition to all the incredible hands-on work in the garden, the youth also meet together virtually to participate in Trellis designed curriculum and activities focused on systems thinking and systems change.   While they are actively contributing to change in their own communities, the youth also engage in lessons and discussions which broaden their understanding of the world and their ability to affect meaningful and positive change in it.  

During a recent exploration of our food system, we discussed together what food justice would look like in our world, and what steps we could take to help make it a reality. The following Jamboard captured some of the responses from our participants when  asked for one commitment each youth would make to have a positive impact on the food system. Here were some of their amazing contributions:

Stay tuned to this space for more stories to come from the Youth Seed Enterprise program, including some posts written by the youth themselves! All of this is made possible by supporters like you, and the continued support of all of our partners in our Food for All network and beyond. We could not be more grateful and excited to continue this work. Thank you!

To learn more about Youth Seed Enterprise, check out the dedicated page on our website here.