Empowering Youth

Youthmarket's training program prepares young people to plan and operate a farm stand business while educating them about health, nutrition, the environment, and regional agriculture. Youthmarket training emphasizes the importance of fruits and vegetables to a healthy lifestyle and encourages participants to bring the message of good diet to their friends and customers. The training program also helps youth to think critically about the food in their bodegas and supermarkets and the benefits of eating locally produced fruits and vegetables. On the operational side, Youthmarket business training focuses on promotion, merchandising, and customer service and includes a tour of the Union Square Greenmarket.

Last year, more than 65 enthusiastic young people found seasonal employment at Youthmarket farm stands, earning their own money during the 21-week season. This year we'll continue to reach young people in NYC, giving them the opportunity to serve their communities, learn job skills firsthand, and gain knowledge about nutrition, food systems, and their environment.

Each week, read a new story from farmers, chefs, shoppers, New Yorkers and others whose lives have been impacted by Greenmarket by following GrowNYC on Medium.com. We hope these stories will make you smile, make you laugh or maybe even shed a tear.

  • Greenmarket

    Our network of farmers markets, Youthmarkets, Fresh Food Box pick-ups, and Greenmarket Co. ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.

  • Recycle

    We blanket the five boroughs with resources like textile and food scrap collection, Stop 'N' Swaps, and free training to make waste reduction easy for all.

  • Garden

    We build and support community and school gardens through tool loans, volunteer days, technical assistance, training, school garden grants and more.

  • Teach

    We foster future environmental stewards by providing 60,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.