Dig Deep, Grow Strong
The Youth Farm is a 6-acre urban farm and collaborative educational site that cultivates a new generation of leaders by engaging young people in growing food for the community.
A program of the Marion-Polk Food Share, in partnership with Chemeketa Community College and OSU Extension, the Youth Farm features production fields, an orchard and a learning garden. We grow more than 50 types of fruits and vegetables (and more than 100 varieties!) and all food is grown using organic methods. The food we harvest is distributed to food pantries, partnering health clinics, youth farmers and their families.
Located on the Chemeketa Community College Campus in NE Salem, the Youth Farm also serves as a learning space for local school groups and community workshops. Contact us if your group is interested in a field trip or volunteer experience.
Join the Youth Farm 4-H Club
The Food Share runs a year-round 4-H club that teaches youth from across Salem, between the ages of 13 and 18, how to grow food and cooperatively manage a small farm business while developing their service leadership skills and preparing them for college or the workplace.
We hold weekly two-hour club meetings throughout the academic year at our farm site focused on teaching the skills needed to run an urban farm. Throughout the fall and spring we also host longer farm workdays, complete with farm-fresh lunch.
Youth interested in the 4-H Club are welcome to join us and learn more during one of our upcoming club meetings or farm work days. Upcoming Schedule
Join the Summer Farm Crew
Youth Farm 4-H Club members are eligible to apply for the summer farm crew.
The summer farm crew is a tight-knit team of experienced 4-H members who want to further develop their farming skills. They also strengthen their service leadership skills by running our Farm Share Rx program, leading volunteer groups, and developing independent projects. Crew members enjoy farm-fresh lunch each work day, take home generous amounts of produce and are eligible for a stipend of up to $1500, depending on fund availability.
The summer program runs for eleven weeks from June 19-August 31, 2018. Crew members work 8am-2:30pm, Tuesday-Friday.
If you have any questions about the 4-H club or how to join the summer crew, please email Emily Griffith, Youth Farm Coordinator.