Youth Programs


Where does our food come from? This field trip is being offered for 6th-12th grade students from 10am to 1pm on June 11th and 18th and September 10th, 17th, and 24th. During the field trip students will learn the history of agriculture from native stewardship to modern day Detroit. They will learn how agriculture has shifted dramatically in the last century and how that shift has had both positive and negative effects on people and the environment. Students will then explore the food system at the KGD Farm and Eastern Market and learn how sustainable agriculture plays an important role in feeding our community. Students will receive a $5 voucher to shop at the Tuesday Market at Eastern Market. Below  are some important logistics:

Each trip runs for 3 hours with a 2 hour farm activity and tasting and 1 hour tour of Eastern Market.

We require a ratio of 1 active adult chaperone to 10 youth. Each chaperone will need to be actively participating and supervising the youth on the farm. Any additional youth over increments of 10 requires an additional supervisor. We also ask that you share our group agreements with the staff and youth before your arrival to ensure that works for you.

Please have students dress for the weather and prepared to get dirty on the farm. Gym clothes are excellent. If light rain, please prepare as we will still run programing.

Each student must bring a reusable water bottle to the farm and come dressed for outdoor conditions on the field trip.

Cost $120/class plus $6/pp above 20 ppl

To sign up for a field trip on one of the times and dates listed above, please complete our Field Trip Intake Form.


Each summer Keep Growing Detroit facilitates a paid Summer Youth Apprenticeship program for 15 youth. During the program, youth develop the skills needed to grow fresh nutritious food at our urban farm. Over the course of 8 intense weeks youth experience a rigorous schedule filled with farm work, hands-on cooking workshops, and communal meals. Apprentices also participate in job and financial readiness training where they learn basic finance, budgeting, and banking as well as resume writing and interviewing skills. To reinforce these trainings, youth were exposed to both post secondary education and employment opportunities in the food system.

Learn more about our 2019 Summer Youth Apprenticeship here.

Download the 2019 Summer Youth Apprenticeship application here.

Apply for the 2019 Summer Youth Apprenticeship application here.


Our academic year leadership development program supports past youth Apprentices with continuing training and skill development to help them to take their leadership to the next level. Youth that complete the program are encouraged to return to the Apprenticeship program as peer mentors and educators in the form of Crew Leaders and Fellows. Participating youth meet three times a month on average from October through May and receive a stipend for participation. 

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