Learn It Grow It Eat It

Learn It Grow It Eat It (LGE) is a youth development and outreach program that improves food access and awareness about healthy eating and environmental stewardship amongst South Bronx residents. The program has two well connected, but distinct, sections: a school-based program from September-June, and paid internships throughout the year. As LGE participants learn for themselves and teach others in their community about the relationship between food, health, their community, and the environment, they make deep personal gains and reach thousands of children and adults each year.

In The Garden we make the connection between food and environment. Teens get outside to plant, water, weed, compost, tend soil, grow and harvest vegetables. They take some home, they donate to others or sell at our stand. They get to be teachers when they tour younger children through the garden and teach the importance of plants, different varities and how they grow.

At the Farm Stand teens run their own business: the Learn It Grow It Eat It Youthmarket. They sell fruits and vegetables, they lead mini nutrition workshops on salt, calories and sugar, and prepare cooking demos using ingredients featured that day at the market.

In the Community teens host health workshops and promote healthy eating in waiting rooms at Bronx Lebanon Hospital as well as other community centers in the South Bronx and more recently, East Harlem.

Our Internships

Our six-week, paid, signature Healthy Teen Healthy Community internship engages teens to learn as they teach, developing nutrition education and gardening activities for children and adults, growing food at three community gardens, running a weekly farm stand that features cooking demos and nutrition education, and participating in weekly career talks/resume workshops.

Our eight-week, paid School Garden Maintenance Internship is more horticultural based. Six teens (many graduates of our Healthy Teen Healthy Community internship) and one educator maintain four school gardens July -August which would otherwise be neglected. Along the way they learn about horticulture, develop a neighborhood distribution plan for the garden harvest, do healthy eating outreach, and take field trips.

For more information, contact David Saphire at dsaphire@grownyc.org

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  • Food Access & Agriculture

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

  • Conservation

    We provide food scrap drop-offs, clothing collections, Stop 'N' Swap® community reuse events, and zero waste trainings to make resource conservation easy for all.

  • Green Space

    We build and rejuvenate community & school gardens in all 5 boroughs, and support even more gardens through volunteer days, technical assistance, school garden grants, & more.

  • Education

    We foster future environmental stewards by providing 66,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.