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Since 2006, our Youth Agriculture Project has been providing at-risk youth ages 16-21 with opportunities to experience success as they develop transferable job and life skills through the growing, harvesting and marketing of plants and vegetable crops.

Youth Agriculture Project positively impacts the lives of at-risk youth! Although two-thirds of YAP youth are high school dropouts, 89% choose to engage in education post-program (youth follow-up data 2006-11):

  • 54% are now high school graduates!
  • 35% are currently enrolled students
  • 57% have gotten jobs

Youth Agriculture Project makes a difference in our community!

  • Creation of YAP Farm at Hiland Hall
  • Creation of educational gardens on the grounds of Mt. Anthony Union Middle School and Manchester Elementary Middle School
  • Donation of many thousands of pounds of organic produce to Meals on Wheels and the needy
  • Restoration of the historic Hiland Hall garden
  • Streetscape flower maintenance for the local community college and the town hall
  • Creation of a natural outdoor children’s play area at Vermont Arts Exchange • River clean-up work for the Walloomsac River
  • Start-up of the Manchester Community Garden

Plus…we’re building a local food system! The YAP Food Network links local farmers and producers to local institutional customers. In spring of 2012 our Youth Agriculture Project launched the YAP Food Network in southwest Vermont with great success. Piloted with select farms in southwest Vermont, along with original gardens maintained by the YAP youth crews, the YAP Food Network was able to supply customers such as the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center with fresh, premium produce all season long—often selling out entire inventories.


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