Year-round programs grow kids’ food IQ, gardening and community engagement skills  

Summer youth staff on a visit to Providence’s Farmacy Herbs.

Every year more than 100 elementary and middle school children participate in our summer learning programs. Classes are held at Somerset Hayward Community Farm, Galego Community Farm and at our community partner sites. Children learn how to grow food in the city, how to prepare healthy dishes and why we need to care for our natural environment through garden-based games and activities.

Our Youth Employment Program engages roughly 20 Providence and Pawtucket high school students in efforts that span SCLT’s food system work. Paid youth staff conduct community outreach about farmers markets and food access, assist City Farm in its urban food production, co-lead classes for our summer children’s learning program, and participate in workshops and field trips that expand their knowledge of agriculture, their community and civic engagement. The Youth Employment Program runs on a full week schedule throughout the summer and a modified after-school schedule in fall and spring.

One exciting facet of the Youth Employment Program is the Somerset Hayward Community Farm, a ¼-acre lot that was a formerly abandoned and heavily vandalized lot off of Broad Street. Youth staff operate this urban farm, planting, tending and harvesting crops for sale. You can read about the farm’s first full year here.

For more information about these programs, please contact Maggie at 401-273-9419, ext. 104, or e-mail her at

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