GUELPH YOUTH FARM
Guelph Youth Farm (GYF) is a half-acre farm plot located on 100 Westmount Road, Guelph – in a strip of land between St. Josephs Health Centre and Our Lady of Lourdes Catholic High School. Started in 2017, GYF is a partnership between The SEED, Everdale Farm, and St. Joseph’s Health Centre.
GYF operates as a social enterprise devoted to youth leadership and food justice. GYF is one of the farm locations that grows food for the Good Food Project, a partnership between The SEED and Everdale. The goal of the Good Food Project is to get more local fresh food onto the plates of food insecure community members.
As part of The SEED’s Youth Employment program, youth are trained to grow fresh vegetables at GYF. These fresh crops are distributed via The SEED’s other social enterprises such as the Community Food Markets, Garden Fresh Box, and the Good Food Distribution warehouse.
GYF also serves as a dynamic “farm park” that is open to the public. Seniors use the farm for SEED-run workshops and social gatherings. Neighbours walk their dogs and hang out at the picnic tables. Students from Lourdes High School come to the farm to learn and help grow food.
School Field Trips
Because of limitations with the GYF site, we do not currently offer regular school field trips at GYF. Everdale has a farm-based field trip program at its main teaching farm near Hillsburgh Ontario – about 30 minutes east of Guelph. Visit Everdale’s website for more information about these field trips or to inquire about arranging a field trip at Guelph Youth Farm.
We need help growing food at Guelph Youth Farm and at the other farm locations that are part of the Good Food Project. More information about how to become a SEED volunteer can be found here.
GUILLERMO DE PAZ
I started farming for the first time ever through the Guelph Youth Farm, and it has been an amazing experience. Everything about the program is positive, and it is a great way to give back to the community. Without any previous farming experience, I can say this has been the best job I've ever had, and it is a lifetime opportunity to learn from people with many different talents.
I am a youth farmer at the Guelph Youth Farm, and have been working there for five months. I enjoy the program because it has taught me a lot about leadership, partnerships, and food insecurity and how we can all help to make a food secure community. The youth farm to me is like a voice that needs to be heard. It’s telling us how this is just the beginning of something incredible.
Virgin Unite and the Retired Teachers of Ontario Foundation are major funders of the Guelph Youth Farm through our partner Everdale. Other funders can be found here.
Directing Manager, The SEED