The Young Urban Farmers

$11,400 of $40k goal

Raised by 113 people in 11 months
Heather Benham
for Athens Land Trust Inc
 ATHENS, GA
Young Urban Farmers (YUF) is a program of Athens Land Trust providing Clarke County high school students with sustainable agriculture and entrepreneurship education, work experience and personal development. YUF participants experience a full year of farm life at Athens Land Trust’s two urban farms.  In order to directly connect sustainably-produced food with a healthy lifestyle, the students participate in a six-week Cooking Matters course.  Students enrolled in the YUF program also engage in a variety of activities exploring the themes of food justice, learning where our food comes from and how we engage in food systems.  Throughout the program year, the students develop business plans, create sustainable agriculture-based products, and sell these products at the West Broad Farmers Market.

Athens Land Trust is in need of funds to continue paying the students' salaries.  Currently, each Young Urban Farmer is paid a wage of $7.50/hour.  We feel that continuing to offer this “real-world” education is invaluable to the students.  Not only does a wage put money in the students' pockets and help them to support their families, but - more importantly - it builds self-confidence as the students begin to learn first-hand the privileges and the responsibilities that come along with earning a living.

The funds earned through this campaign will provide immediate support, helping to maintain the work-study structure of the YUF program.  While these funds will not provide a long-term solution, they will support the program until we can secure a more permanent source of funding for the students' wages.  All donations made to this campaign are tax-deductible.

Please join us in being a part of a program that helps young people to find their way.  There is not a more important task at-hand - after all, these students are our future.
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Update 6
Posted by Heather Benham
8 months ago
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Some very exciting news to share with you all! We were just recently awarded a national grant from the Soil and Water Conservation Board to fund the upcoming year of the Young Urban Farmer Program!!! We couldn't have done it without the support of the Oconee River Soil and Water Conservation Board and without all the support from you!!! The funding that you've provided will be critical because the grant operates on a reimbursement basis. So we'll pay the students with the money that's been donated and then 30 days later receive a reimbursement from the grant. This will give us a year to find a more permanent source of funding to support the Young Urban Farmers' wages. We feel confident when we are able to demonstrate the community's support for this program and these kids it can be done. Thank you again for all your support and continue to support the YUF by shopping at the West Broad Farmers Market every Saturday!!!
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Update 5
Posted by Heather Benham
10 months ago
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Great news! We've received $5,500 in donations that have come directly to the office. That means we only need to raise $4000 to get to the half way point - let's see if we can close out our first month by hitting that mark!!! It's an ambitious goal so please help spread the word!
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Update 4
Posted by Heather Benham
10 months ago
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The amount of support we have received so far has been tremendously inspiring! Thank you to everyone who has reached out to help the Young Urban Farmers!

Please continue to share this campaign so that we can reach our goal.
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Update 3
Posted by Heather Benham
10 months ago
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Please share again - we've got to keep our momentum up!!!
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$11,400 of $40k goal

Raised by 113 people in 11 months
Created May 17, 2016
Funds raised will benefit:
Athens Land Trust Inc
  Certified Charity
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Athens, GA
EIN: 582154133
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SW
$50
Sarah Wright
8 months ago
ED
$50
Elizabeth DeMarco
8 months ago
CY
$100
Chris and Tracy Young
9 months ago
JT
$30
j t
9 months ago
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$50
AthensHasArt!
9 months ago

Happy to support such a valuable program! Keep up the good work!

GK
$100
Gail Kurtz
9 months ago
JB
$10
Jill Bunch
10 months ago
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From the parent of a kid whose life was changed for the better by agricultural education. Good luck, y'all!

JB
$10
Jill Bunch
10 months ago
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From the parent of a kid whose life was changed for the better by agricultural education. Good luck, y'all!

$185
Anonymous
10 months ago
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10 months ago
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