Youth from Watsonville to Santa Cruz join the FoodWhat Crew through Spring Internships, Summer Jobs, Fall Business Management positions, and leading big community events on the farm. We create a safe space where youth engage in leadership development, personal growth, and job training. At FoodWhat, we inspire personal transformation by supporting teens in finding their voices and developing lasting confidence in themselves.Food, What?! is a project of Life Lab.
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Eco Company TV created this video on our Spring After-school Internship. It gives a good review of the farm work and some of the cooking that we do. It aired across the nation on over 100 TV stations. Check out more at Eco Company http://www.eco-company.tv/tvshow/episode-102-organic-growing
Director - Doron Comerchero
Farm and Program Manager - Abby Bell
The bulk of our programming takes place at the Garden Classroom and FoodWhat Farm located on the UCSC Farm.
“Food, What?!” programs are held on our half-acre organic farm. “Food, What?!” operates
year round and offers three major seasons of youth programming. There is a 12-week
Spring Internship serving 52 youth, a full time Summer Job employing 22 youth, and 12
youth continue on in the fall running different microenterprise or businesses off of the farm.
We use a graduated leadership model from Spring to Summer to Fall. These opportunities
include components in leadership training (with a focus on communication, responsibility,
and transferable job skills), organic farming and gardening, cooking and basic nutrition, entrepreneurship/business, and social justice work. We spend part of our time with our
hands in the soil, part time participating in empowerment and skill-based workshops, and
part of our time working to serve the greater community. Through all that we do, healthy,
inspiring food is at the center.