Tucson Village Farm’s Training Youth Leaders Through Horticulture (TYLTH) program is a 24-hour certification course that empowers youth and teens to strengthen their communities though the production of healthy food using responsible growing practices. Students at middle and high school level will experience a series of twelve two-hour educational modules designed to equip them with the knowledge and skills necessary to grow food crops in their homes, schools and neighborhoods. As a working urban farm, TVF is uniquely positioned as a site where theory can be put into practice. Students learn concepts such soil biology, plant science, pest management, and arid land cultivation practices and see how they manifest in a real-world agricultural context. If the full 24-hour program is too challenging of a time commitment, groups can also choose any number of the 12 modules that comprise the program. For more information or to schedule a group contact email@example.com.
“Growing Forward” K-12 Agriculture and Nutrition Program
“Growing Forward” is our K-5 Common Core agriculture and nutrition education program. This two hour hands-on program cycles groups of students through the “stations” of the farm, where they learn about food production, growing healthy soil, composting, vermiculture (worm farming), nutrition, pollination, etc. The farm also provides each student with a healthy snack. Cost is $5/child (adults are free). For more information or to schedule a group contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
“Digging Deeper” Middle and High School Service Learning Program
Digging Deeper is a STEM-based agricultural literacy and nutrition education program for students at the middle school and high school level. This 2 1/2-hour program delivers a hands-on seed-to-table curriculum utilizing the farm as a classroom. Students move through stations of the farm, learning the ins and outs of food production, harvesting, and processing; the scoop on sugary drinks, fast food, and whole grains, the science of soil and composting; and participate in preparing a healthy meal. For more information or to schedule a group contact: email@example.com
4-H Food Smart Families
Arizona 4-H is offering the 4-H Food Smart Families program in order to educate underserved youth and their families to take action around nutritional deficiencies, healthy food choices, safe cooking skills and food budget and management strategies. Food Smart Families is being offered to in-school and after-school program providers for youth ages 8-18. The program is being offered in Pima, Cochise and Santa Cruz Counties and includes a dynamic curriculum that will include hands-on lessons designed to teach youth, and ultimately their families, about healthy food options, food selection and preparation, as well as food budgeting. Optional programming is also being offered that focuses on home and school gardening as a means to provide additional fresh produce into family’s diets. Contact Natalie Shepp at firstname.lastname@example.org or 520-626-5161 for more information on joining the program.
Li'l Sprouts is educational farm-fun for 2-5 year olds and their accompanying grown-ups. Each session consists of 4, 1-hour-long classes that meet on Fridays. If you would like to be notified with information on future sessions contact Jessica Luse at email@example.com.
4-H Healthy Living Ambassadors
Tucson Village Farm offers middle and high school students the opportunity to be trained as leaders to promote healthy lifestyle choices and sustainability within our community. The Healthy Living Ambassador 4-H Club allows youth the opportunity to participate in projects on nutrition, cooking, local food production, mycology, beekeeping, team building, outdoor adventures and farm art. Participating students are required to attend the monthly community meetings, complete at least one project and volunteer at the farm or community events for at least 10 hours per semester. The idea is that youth can be encouraged to be instigators of change toward more healthy habits within their communities. Similar programs are also offered in Santa Cruz, Cochise and Pinal Counties. Contact Natalie Shepp at firstname.lastname@example.org or (520) 626-5161 for more information.
Experience desert gardening first hand and learn by doing at the farm. Join us for Volunteer Mondays, from 8:30am to noon every Monday. Email us at email@example.com for the full list of opportunities.
Join us at our weekly U-Pick and grab your veggies for the week while supporting your favorite urban farm for kids at the same time. Our U-Pick is open every Tuesday afternoon from 4-6. Our produce is sold at market prices and we accept cash or check. Check on our Facebook page to see a weekly update of available produce for sale.
Farm Camp is offered for two one-week sessions in June. Participants will experience 35 hours of farm immersion, learning the ins and outs of farm life through daily farm chores, live animal demonstrations, presenters, hatching live chicks, and daily food preparation. Camp participants prepare all of their own food through the week as well as a luncheon for the parents on the last day. For more information, call 626-5161 or email Thom Plasse.