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Victory Gardens International’s Youth Workforce Development Program in partnership with The Food Project’s nationally recognized approach to leadership development combines agriculture, enterprise, and service to create a rigorous, practical, and integrated experience. As young people move through Seed Crew (summer), Dirt Crew (academic season), and Root Crew (year-round) programs, they gain skills and knowledge to be leaders in their communities.

We will bring together a diverse group of young people across racial, socio-economic, gender identity, and geographic differences to partner with adults in building a more equitable food system for everyone in Rock Hill and York County.

Academic Season
During the academic season, Root Crew members create, teach, and facilitate workshops that address the causes and impacts of inequity in the food system. Equipped with this experience, they mobilize their peers and community members around food systems change. Additionally, Root Crew members lead volunteer groups on our urban and suburban farms, cultivate crops in our greenhouses in Rock Hill and York County and serve as peer leaders for Dirt Crew.

Summer Season
During the summer, Root Crew holds responsibility for much of the work done on our urban and suburban farms. They act as peer leaders for Seed Crew, lead harvests, and help run the distribution on our farms. As food justice leaders, they manage VGI’s SNAP accessible mobile produce and farmers’ markets, and honing their skills community organizing working with VGI’s food security initiatives.

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