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Applications are now OPEN for Youth Grow Indy's Summer Session! 

Youth Grow Indy is a youth development program for youth aged 13-17 from Marion County. For seven weeks in the summer (June 5th- July 29th with a week off for Independence Day), participating youth work together to manage urban farming plots. This youth-led initiative provides experiential learning opportunities, employability training, implementation of real-world life and business principles, service to the community, and an outlet for local agriculture. 


Selected participants are taught to manage Soul Food Project's Veggie Box Program (CSA) under the guidance of experienced adult leadership while they learn the value of dedication, teamwork, planning, and agriculture. This is a paid program--youth can expect to work up to 30 hours a week starting at $11/hour.  Participants will be involved in managing all aspects of urban agriculture including planning, maintaining, managing, and distributing urban farm products from carrots to zucchinis. Ideal candidates are team players that enjoy problem solving, hard work, and playing in the dirt! 

Here are just a few of the skills you can look forward to learning this summer: 

  • Identify plant families and learn their cultivation requirements

    • Planting

    • Maintenance

    • Harvesting

    • Storing

  • Knowledge of Local Food Systems

  • Basic crop rotation and companion planting

  • Cooking/Food Processing

  • Time Management

  • Leadership, Employability, and Entrepreneurship

To be considered, please complete the entire application. Eligibility requirements are outlined below: 

  • 13-17 Years Old

  • Marion County Resident

  • Enthusiastic about learning new things

  • Dedicated to supporting our local community and food system

  • Hardworking

  • Works well with others

Thank you to all who applied! Our application for the Summer 2023 Session is now closed. Notifications of acceptance will be sent out no later than 5/26.


If you have any questions about the program or application process, please direct your email to


Thank you to our donors!

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