Seed Crew, formerly known as Summer Youth Program or SYP, is a seven week summer opportunity for youth to grow produce on urban and suburban farms while developing civic engagement and teamwork skills in a diverse setting.
Seed Crew hires around 72 high school youth from diverse cultural, racial, economic, and geographic backgrounds to work on our urban and suburban farms in Lincoln, Boston, and on the North Shore. During the summer, youth work together to grow vegetables sustainably and distribute thousands of pounds of produce while developing important leadership, teamwork, diversity, and civic participation skills.
After working on our farms each morning, Seed Crew youth spend many afternoons participating in workshops that address a variety of issues, including sustainable agriculture, food access, social justice, or time in reflection. They also spend one day a week at a local hunger relief organization preparing and serving the produce that they have grown. Youth in Seed Crew are held to high standards of performance and behavior and earn a biweekly stipend for their work.
Cost and Session Information
- Who: Youth aged 14-17 (applicants must be 14 by Jan 1, 2017 and have completed 8th grade prior to the start of the program)
- July 3- August 17, with July 4th off
- The work day is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday.
- Youth must bring a lunch to work
- Youth are given a stipend of $250/week before taxes. Youth also earn community service hours.
- All of our farms, offices and programs are accessible by public transportation and the MBTA. Transportation passes will be provided for all Seed Crew workers.