Home City's Youth Agricultural Scientists

At A Glance

Contact: 

Carol Soules

Location: 

Springfield, Massachusetts

Primary Issue Area:

  • Food
  • Environmental Health

Active since:

2017

Tax Status:

Ad-hoc

Core volunteers:

20

Our Purpose

The Youth Agricultural Sceintists' program works to advance food sovereignty and increase the availability of organically grown produce for low-income residents at HCDI properties, who identify as 73% Latino & 26% Black. Participants plan and manage Tapley Garden, learn vital practices, gorw organic produce, distribute the food they grow and create videos to share the skills they've learned through their website HomeCityResources.com.  The program's educational components include soil health, carbon farming, cooking from the garden, food preservation, and nutrition. Participants learn new skills, are exposed to related careers and deepen their understanding of food justice and advance their leadership capabilites.  Approximately 15 young leaders work collaboratively, with a garden coordinator from the community and an HCDI staff member from the community, to plan and manage all aspects of the project. The garden is on property owned by Home City Development Inc, and is located in the urban core of Springfield, in a designated food desert.