Young Eaters

Young Eaters Policy Action Team

The Young Eaters Policy Action Team is currently on hiatus.

For more information on how to engage young eaters in “good food” advocacy, see the following resources!


The Agrarian Adventure

The Agrarian Adventure is a local volunteer led grassroots 501(c)3 nonprofit organization founded by students, teachers, parents and the local community in 2003. Our volunteers work with schools to connect students with food, health, community and agriculture.

Program Areas Include:

  • Organic Schoolyard Food Production
  • Farm-to-School
  • Curricular Integration & Teacher Partnerships
  • After School Enrichment-Cooking & Gardening
  • Educational Events & Community Outreach

Learn more at

Growing Hope

The mission of Growing Hope is to help “people improve their lives and communities through gardening and healthy food access.” Growing Hope fosters learning, improves nutrition, encourages self-reliance, and promotes positive community futures.

As part of that mission, Growing Hope provides school and youth programming which involve classroom, after-school and summer educational opportunities for young people. During the school year, this includes nutrition-focused after-school programs and classroom lessons. During the summer, teen interns act as peer educators, older youth gain job skills through an employment program and younger kids learn about healthy eating in garden-based nutrition education programs. Additionally, many school groups participate in our school and community garden start-up training, and youth groups are regular volunteers.

  • After-School & Summer Learning: Whether through dyanamic and hands-on classroom activities or after-school cooking and gardening programs, Growing Hope uses an empowering approach to support students making healthier lifestyle choices.
  • Youth Employment: Growing Hope helps provide job preparation skills and employment opportunities for older youth through Michigan Works. Youth help in many aspects of Growing Hope, including our raised bed vegetable garden program, and to assist with development and upkeep at our education and demonstration site.
  • Youth Volunteerism: Through Growing Hope’s volunteer programs, over 100 youth each season couple learning and service opportunities at their sites.
  • Perry Learning Garden & Head Start Seeds of Learning Garden: Growing Hope still plays an active role in these two original youth gardens, connecting neighborhood and schools kids with hands-on, garden-based learning.

Learn More:

Youth Food Bill of Rights

What is the Youth Food Bill of Rights? It’s what youth believe our food system should be like! – It’s a work in progress – It’s created by Youth- It’s a Statement to All! It’s a tool for Change! Click the links below to learn more!

What’s on Your Plate?

This video comes from the University of Vermont and presents an easy-to-understand primer on some of the assets and challenges of the food system as we know it!