Youth Gardens

AntFarm Youth Gardens in Sandy and Estacada strengthen and teach youth through service learning, recognition of food instability, active work and movement, and skills development. Youth learn valuable work, life and social skills while reinforcing awareness of civic responsibility. Youth and community members participate in planting, growing, and harvesting food. Every year, our youth gardens produce a multitude of healthy, fresh vegetables which are distributed through direct giving to community members in need and local food banks. Youth can get started now by filling out this Welcome Packet.

AntFarm Youth Gardens

1 month 4 days ago

This last week in the Youth Gardens:

We continued to prepare beds for direct seeding winter crops, tended to our large compost bins, saved seeds, culled dying plants, pulled weeds, transplanted, and mourned the loss of some important crops that were taken without permission from the Estacada Youth Garden.

Harvested: cantaloupe, apples, eggplant, okra, corn, carrots, beets, basil, parsley, squash, cucumbers, tomatoes, peppers, collard greens, kale, chard, and more!

Planted: carrots, beets, celery

AntFarm Youth Gardens

1 month 1 week ago

Last week in the Youth Gardens: Our Summer Work Program worked hard to tend compost bins, prepare new beds for direct seeding, pulling weeds, trellised tomatoes, and helped carve out steps in the dirt. The Empathy Group volunteers helped to lay out the rest of our wood-chips pile in the pathways and clean up the front berms in Sandy! We want to give a Hugh shout out to our maintenance crew, Mike and Cole, who fixed a big leak and busted underground pipe at the Sandy Youth Garden! Harvested: eggplants, peppers, tomatoes, cantaloupe, leafy greens, beets, carrots, cucumbers, squash, onions, blackberries, apples 🫑🍆🍅🥬🥕🍎🧅🥒🍈 Planted: romano bush beans, Hakurai turnips, carrots Seed Saving: zucchini, eight ball squash, tomatoes -Spanish Translation- La semana pasada en los Jardines de la Juventud: Nuestro Programa de trabajo de verano trabajó arduamente para cuidar los contenedores de compost, preparar nuevas camas para la siembra directa, quitar See More

AntFarm Youth Gardens

1 month 4 weeks ago

This last week in the Youth Gardens:

AntFarm’s Summer Work Program began building a wood-chip bed for cultivating edible mushrooms, we side dressed cucumbers and winter squash with compost from our compost bins, began hand pollinating our small corn patch, and transplanted more tomatoes/peppers into rows with crimped rye grain mulch.

Harvested: squash, cherry tomatoes, okra, cucumbers, peppers, lettuce, beets, carrots, kale, collards, chard, onions, dill flowers

Planted: radishes, turnips, beets, kale

AntFarm Youth Gardens

2 months 1 week ago

This last week in the Youth Gardens:
We made a Florida Weave trellis and pruned back tomatoes! We also took out some overpowering weeds, saved seed from Lacy Phacelia and some winter turnips, side dressed zucchini row with our homemade compost, and harvested a lot (see list below)!

HARVEST: New Zealand spinach, carrots, beets, turnips, jalapeños, romaine lettuce, butter lettuce, kohlrabi, kale, chard, collard greens, zucchini, yellow squash, cucumbers, parsley, basil, potatoes, and white, yellow and red onions
PLANTED: carrots, radishes
TRANSPLANTED: cantaloupe, jack-o-lanterns, okra

To learn more about our Youth Gardens, or to get involved, email Da at

AntFarm Youth Gardens

2 months 2 weeks ago

This last week in the Youth Gardens: AntFarm’s Summer Work Program started this week! There are about 20 SWP interns who have a work placement in the Sandy Youth Garden. They come with a range of experiences from growing food to working with tools. Just like any youth volunteers, SWP interns will be weeding, turning compost bins, harvesting, direct seeding, transplanting, and any other jobs that come up in the garden. We harvested raspberries, kohlrabi, celery, red cabbage, zucchini, yellow squash, butter lettuce, romaine, dill flowers, turnips, collard greens, kale, chard, parsley, and carrots (pictured). We also planted green beans and radishes! To learn more about our Youth Gardens, or to sign up for Youth Garden Club, please email our Lead Gardener: -Spanish Translation- Esta última semana en los Jardines de la Juventud: ¡El programa de trabajo de verano de AntFarm comenzó esta semana! Hay alrededor de 20 pasantes See More

AntFarm Youth Gardens

2 months 3 weeks ago

This last week in the Youth Gardens:

We have been working in the garden harvesting for our families of volunteers, the Sandy Action Center, and our table at the Mount Hood Farmers Market!
(Harvested: raspberries, salmon berries, peas, carrots, kohlrabi, beets, zucchini and yellow squash, garlic, parsley, dill flowers (pictured), basil, lettuce, turnips, celery, kale, collards, chard, red and white onions, chamomile)

We also planted green beans, trellised tomatoes (pictured), made mini flower bouquets (pictured), and processed garlic for curing.

AntFarm Youth Gardens

3 months 2 days ago

This week in the Youth Gardens:

We are very busy in the Youth Learning Gardens in both Sandy and Estacada! We have harvested lots of crops for the youth, staff, and Sandy Action Center! (dill, lettuce, kale, collard greens, chard, carrots, beets, turnips, fennel, kohlrabi, garlic, garlic scapes, raspberries, strawberries, and chamomile)

We also transplanted, braided garlic for curing, turned compost, trellised tomatoes, and prepared veggie starts to pass off to our AntFarm Molalla Summer Work Program. We have started almost every single plant by seed this year!

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3 months 3 weeks ago

AntFarm Youth Gardens updated their profile picture.

3 months 3 weeks ago

To learn more about this program, please contact:

Garden Programs- Amanda (Da) Ronquillo, E-mail Da at