Youth Farm in the Community
The Youth Farm aims to provide teens with employment and volunteer opportunities that connect them with the local community through food and agriculture.
Youth Homes Day Program
This is the extended family of the farm. The core group of six to ten teens are employed each summer, mainly from the Tom Roy Youth Guidance Home. Plus, another 25-40 teens from other group homes volunteer at the Youth Farm throughout the summer. Youth work on the farm in the morning and enjoy a fresh, farm lunch prepared by their peers. They leave the farm with a week’s worth of vegetables to put on the shared table of their group homes.
Food in the Community
The Youth Farm provides fresh vegetables on a weekly basis through the growing season to family service agencies in Missoula. These include:
- Youth Homes
- Partnership for Children
- Mountain Home Montana
- The Carole Graham Home
- Council Groves’ Boys and Girls Club After School program
Twice a week, teen farmers harvest and deliver fresh, nutritious produce from the Youth Farm to low-income families and senior citizens. Read more about Mobile Market >>
Missoula Aging Services-Congregate Meals
Twice each year, the Youth Farm crew shares the food they’ve grown along with their newfound cooking skills by preparing a meal with seniors. As part of Missoula Aging Services’ Congregate Meals program, the crew serves up a healthy lunch for the seniors, then dines and makes friends with their guests.
Wedding & Special Event Flowers
Orchard Gardens and the Youth Farm offer beautiful flowers for special events – we will pick for you, or you can pick yourself. Either way, you will have buckets of flowers to arrange for your wedding. By choosing Garden City Harvest flowers, you are supporting the local economy, community, and our programs.
Pricing and more information here >>
CSA Share Program
Pick up times are 4:30 pm to 6:00 pm Mondays or Thursdays starting in June.
Sign up for a share starts in January for returning members (look for a snail mail letter) and Wednesday, February 15, 2017 for new members. Sign up for our newsletter so that you don’t miss out! We will send you an alert when it’s time to secure a share for yourself or your family.
Whole share – $500
For 18 weeks you will receive a share of locally grown vegetables (a full share is more than 350 pounds, and an average cost of $1.50 per pound). When you take part in the CSA, you have the opportunity to pick your own flowers from a wide variety of blooms, share recipes, and more! Pick up the vegetables once a week at the Youth Farm – meet your farmers while you’re at it – and see where your food comes from.
Half share – $300
Whole share too much to handle? A half share is a great alternative. You get the same vegetable varieties and pick up times as the whole share, only with 60% of the whole share’s vegetables.
Winter share – $150
This winter share offers approximately 100 lbs of vegetables. All the vegetables are suitable for canning, freezing, or storing. Share holders will have a one-time pick up in October that will include storage varieties of carrots, onions, beets, potatoes, cabbage, garlic, and more. This share is meant to be a manageable amount of food for those looking to eat locally well into the winter.
Photos by Jacinda Davis