Empowering Youth

Farmstand'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. Farmstand 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, Farmstand business training focuses on promotion, merchandising, and customer service and includes a hands-on training and a tour of the Union Square Greenmarket.

Last year, more than 65 enthusiastic young people found seasonal employment at Farmstands, 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.

As New York City and State responds to COVID-19, we want to update you on the steps we are taking--and recommending to you--to maintain GrowNYC Greenmarkets, Farmstands, and Fresh Food Box sites as vital community spaces in this time of uncertainty.

  • Food Access & Agriculture

    Our network of Greenmarket farmers markets, Youthmarkets, Fresh Food Box pick-ups, and Greenmarket Co. 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.