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 from the farm is sold at our seasonal, on-site farm stand and through a CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) program. In addition, more than half of the food we harvest is donated to the Marion-Polk Food Share network of emergency food banks and meal sites.
Located on the Chemeketa Community College campus in NE Salem, the Youth Farm also serves as a learning space for area school groups and community workshops.
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 monthly club meetings throughout the academic year at our office headquarters (1660 Salem Industrial Dr. NE) focused on cooking and eating farm fresh food and designing farm projects. We also hold farm work days throughout the academic year at our farm site (4000 Lancaster Rd. NE) focused on running an urban farm, planting and harvesting.
Youth interested in the Farm 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 join the summer farm crew.
Summer crew members become part of a tight-knit team and earn a performance-based stipend of up to $800 while growing food for local families. Crew members strengthen their service leadership skills and continue to gain work experience that can be used to build a resume for college or employment. They also spend time with peers and friends engaged in farming and gardening work outside and cook and enjoy farm fresh meals every work day.
The summer program runs for ten weeks from June 20-August 25, 2017. Crew members work 8 am-2 pm, Tuesday-Friday.
If you would like to join the crew, please email Emily Griffith, Youth Farm Coordinator at EGriffith@marionpolkfoodshare.org.