CURRICULUM

We offer experience based internships designed to help our teens experience holistic growth and hands-on experience. Through our curriculum, teens develop essential skills designed to positively impact their mind, body, and spirits.

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TEENS GROW REAL FOOD.

  • Teens plant, tend, and harvest fresh produce at multiple garden locations in Milwaukee.

  • Teens learn the science of growing food (photosynthesis, soil pH, etc.).

  • Teens distribute produce they have grown to the community through local food pantries--and take home much of the produce for their families.

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AND LEARN HOW TO EAT HEALTHY.

  • Teens discuss documentaries like Food Inc. and Fed Up.

  • Teens learn about healthy food economics and food justice issues.

  • Teens create document their personal healthy living goals as they learn how food affects our minds, bodies, and spirits.

 
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TEENS COOK THE FOOD THEY GROW.

  • Teens learn how to operate a kitchen (tools, equipment, safety, hygiene, etc.).

  • Teens learn how to prepare delicious whole food, plant-based meals.

  • Teens co-create a dinner with local chefs, preparing and serving the meal at an end-of-unit soiree for donors and other guests.

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AND TEND TO THEIR  

BODIES, MINDS, AND SPIRITS.

  • Teens tend their bodies by making healthy food and drink choices while at work.

  • Teens tend their minds with thoughtful learning and frequent reflection.

  • Teens tend their spirits with daily mantras and breathing techniques.

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THEY LEARN HOW TO LEAD.

  • Teens serve as role models and mentors to neighborhood children.

  • Teens take charge of their own stands at farmers markets during the summer.

  • Teens channel their inner entrepreneur and pitch, brand, market, and sell their own products.

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AND WHEN TO FOLLOW.

  • Teens practice active listening.

  • Teens receive training on how to be an effective role model for younger children, how to prepare meals, and how to serve their community.

  • Teens participate in team building exercises, rock climbing, and ropes courses.

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THEY RESPECT  EACH OTHER.

  • Teens give and accept constructive feedback to their peers at the end of every month during Growth Talks.

  • Teens collaborate and cooperate on group projects in the classroom and in the garden.

  • Teens recognize that to achieve the goals of the nine-month experience they will have to work together.

AND RESPECT THEMSELVES, 

THEIR  ABILITIES, 

AND THEIR 

POTENTIALS.

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READ MORE ABOUT OUR CURRICULUM'S

CORE PRINCIPLES ("ROOTS") AND GOALS("BRANCHES")!