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Youth farm

Photo by Jacinda Davis

About Youth farm

Location & Size

2824 West Central Avenue, Missoula | 2+ acres | View Map

Highlights

Description: The Youth Farm, started in 2010, is a partnership between Youth Homes and Garden City Harvest. The Youth Farm employs teens, mainly from the adjacent Tom Roy Youth Guidance Home, providing not only a job, but also life skills, opportunities for community engagement, and empowerment through agriculture. Located behind the Tom Roy Youth Guidance Home, the Youth Farm is a youth-directed neighborhood farm. It has a historic barn, a newly built wash shed, and a walk-in cooler.

The Youth Farm’s employment program is designed for older adolescents aging out of foster care. Garden City Harvest works directly with Youth Homes’ staff to provide a safe and challenging environment that teaches and develops social skills, and encourages positive behavior and personal responsibility. Teen employees are charged with increasing amounts of responsibility for farm operations throughout the season, including managing irrigation, interacting with CSA subscribers and Mobile Market customers, and leading groups of Youth Homes’ teen volunteers. These teens learn the skills necessary to grow food and hold a job while becoming active, vital members of their working farm and community.

CSA Shares: 12 winter shares and 64 summer shares (made up of full and half shares). MORE.

Other Programming: Youth Farm staff operate 4 Mobile Market sites. 

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.

Read all about our CSA Shares and sign up.

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.

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:

  • Youth Homes
  • Partnership for Children
  • Mountain Home Montana
  • The Carole Graham Home
  • Council Groves’ Boys and Girls Club After School program

Mobile Market

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.