Who We Are…
We empower young people to become agents of change who use their unique voices, talents, and skills to challenge and reshape the food system. As an agriculture-based youth development program, we pay teens to work on our farm, inspire them to create change in their communities, and educate them with leadership, communication, economic, farm and food skills.
Rooted Mission: We cultivate a thoughtful and productive community of youth from diverse backgrounds, who work together to build a sustainable food system. Together, we produce healthy food, accessible to all; provide youth leadership opportunities; and inspire and support others to create change in their own communities.
Rooted Vision: We envision a world where youth are active leaders, diverse communities feel connected to the land and each other, and healthy food and real ingredients are available and affordable to everyone.
Who is Rooted For?
- The 2018 summer season (Seed Crew) of Rooted is open for application to all youth aged 14-17
- We hire youth from local communities surrounding Carnation Farms in the Snoqualmie Valley, as well as the Greater Seattle area
- One of our goals is to bring together the most diverse group of youth that we can – we believe that a diverse and inclusive learning community makes youth better informed, more compassionate, and better prepared to effect positive change in the world and in the food system
What Do Rooted Workers Do?
- Work full-time on the farm for seven weeks, from July 9th to August 24th, 2018
- Learn to sustainably grow produce and care for farm animals on our certified organic farm, through daily tasks in our farm fields alongside professional farmers and educators
- Learn cooking skills and healthy nutrition to prepare fresh and tasty foods that can be replicated at home
- Spend one day per week giving back to the community by working in a Food Bank, Hunger Relief Organization or related service organization
- Learn and apply business skills by working with our teams at local Farmer’s Markets and our own Farm Stand
How is the Program Structured?
- Youth work together in large and small group formats, led by Carnation Farms staff including professional farmers, educators, and trained youth development facilitators
- Youth receive instruction from our educators and Farm and Culinary staff in various topics – from sustainable farming to knife skills and produce sales
- Each youth signs a Standards and Expectations contract at the beginning of the summer, and receives weekly feedback from their leader; each youth practices giving and receiving feedback from and with their peers in a structured format
- Youth are paid employees of the farm, and receive a paycheck every other week
Questions? Contact us at Rooted@carnationfarms.org