They transform the land and the land transforms them
Green Corps teens learn while turning vacant lots into vibrant urban farms
Green Corps builds life, work and leadership skills by employing and educating high school youth (ages 14 to 18) through sustainable agriculture, place-based learning and community engagement. Each year, the Garden employs and educates dozens of Cleveland area teenagers to work at one of our six urban learning farms.
There are no set criteria for who can apply to Green Corps. This provides an equal opportunity for any youth to work for the program as well as a chance to meet students from other schools around the city. Green Corps students have represented many schools in Greater Cleveland with the majority of participants being students within the Cleveland Metropolitan School District.
Green Corps youth are hired based on the desire and willingness to do physical labor, as well as an ability to demonstrate a sincere interest in learning about gardening, sustainable agriculture and the environment.
Once hired, Green Corps students work 20 hours per week developing essential work and life skills, plant and agricultural science knowledge and community and environmental stewardship.This is accomplished through practicing public speaking, restoring vacant urban properties, growing food, service learning and many other activities. Through Green Corps’ hands-on learning, students begin to see the relevance of their high school education to the real world.
Salsa in the City
A tasty way for you to support Green Corps
The teens in Green Corps make their own medium salsa using fresh ingredients they've grown at their learning farms in Cleveland. Your purchase of Ripe from Downtown salsa helps Green Corps students.