"Growing Food & Community Since 2009"

Rochester, NY

Youth & Community Programs

At Grow Green, we focus on providing hands-on opportunities for youth to learn about the growing cycle, year-round. Just some of the ways that we do that are:

  • SWAN after-school program Greenhouse Club:  these youth participate in twice-weekly greenhouse lessons, using elements of the Jr. Master gardener curriculum.
  • Market crew:  Grow green program participants have the opportunity to help run our booth at the Westside Farmers Market during the summer (see our Markets page for more info!)
  • Lessons & workshops: we regularly host groups from various schools, classrooms, churches, and other groups from throughout the city. If you are interested in bringing a group for a visit, drop us a line at info@growgreenrochester.com

Westside Farmers Market

Youth entrepreneurship is one of the main components of the Grow Green program- It is empowering and exciting for our youth to have the opportunity to represent the work that they do in the community. The youth of the Grow Green program are in charge of picking produce for the market, setting up the booth, interacting with shoppers, conducting sales, and keeping records. This not only gives the participants the chance to learn invaluable business and customer service skills, but also helps instill a real sense of pride and accomplishment.


Volunteer.  We can always use volunteers. If you have a special interest pertaining to gardening, working with kids, horticulture, etc, etc. let us know!
Donate Financially.    We gratefully accept monetary donations. All such contributions go right back into keeping the program running- supplies, tools, building expenses, program development, and so on. Checks may be sent to us at the address below.
Donations of supplies. See below for a list of supplies we could use currently! We happily accept things that are new or gently used.

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