Green Corps is an urban agricultural work-study program for high school teens that was started in 1996 by the Cleveland Botanical Garden, now a part of Holden Forests & Gardens with the Holden Arboretum. For more than 20 years, we have employed more than 1,000 youth who work at urban farms in the Midtown, Slavic Village, Fairfax and Buckeye-Woodland communities. Each year, students spend the growing season learning the basics of urban farming, raising crops on the farms Cleveland’s eastside neighborhoods, and then selling what they produce at farmers markets and farm stands. In addition to a paycheck, the students each get a 4’x8’ bed to grow produce for home use. They also gain a wide variety of skills and forge new friendships.
Student workers sell fresh produce from the Learning Farms at area farmers markets and farm stands. See a list of where and when Green Corps produce can be purchased.
The program helps bring fresh produce into inner-city neighborhoods where access to produce may be limited.Green Corp operates smaller farm stands at the urban farms, which are open once a week at each of the farms from June to October, selling produce to the neighborhood, often in parts of the community where places to buy fresh produce are limited or non-existent. The program also operates a small CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) allows people to purchase shares for $15 and receive a weekly portion of the produce. Green Corps farm stands take part in supplemental nutrition programs including Farmers Market Nutrition Program for Seniors and WIC, the USDA Food and Nutrition Services EBT/SNAP program and the Cleveland – Cuyahoga County Food Policy Coalition’s Produce Perks.