GreenLeaf’s mission is to cultivate powerful youth and food justice through urban agriculture. GreenLeaf engages, challenges, and supports underserved urban youth (ages 14-18) to become the change agents their communities need. Our youth agri/cultural interns grow their own food, taking on 1) the lack of empowering and significant employment options for youth in Denver, 2) the lack of access to healthy food in food desert neighborhoods, and 3) the alarming (and directly related) health epidemics among youth, their peers, and their communities. Our motto, “You are what you eat/eat what you grow/grow your community,” explains what GreenLeaf is up to on 8,000 square feet of land in Northeast Denver, and provides some insight into why teams of youth and adults roll up our sleeves and get to work growing food, building community, and literally digging in to create change in this urban setting.
At GreenLeaf, youth run the show – and the farm! They do everything from planning and planting our crops, to making hiring decisions, canvassing the neighborhood and developing relationships with residents, running our farm stand and small CSA. GreenLeaf seeks to give a small crew of 10 young people years of experience leading an organization and running an urban farm, rather than hundreds of young people a few hours experience in urban farming. GreenLeaf recognizes the tremendous talent, energy, and capacity of youth. For this reason our program is intentionally small, focused on intensive leadership development among talented yet underserved young people. These youth give their skills and leadership back to their communities by recruiting and teaching others.
KGI is a nonprofit community of over 30,000 people who are growing some of our own food and helping others to do the same.
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