The Cultiva Youth Project

                 Cultiva CSA                    

About the program:

The Cultiva Youth Project is a youth leadership program in which youth ages 12-19 operate an urban organic farm, growing produce for the Boulder community while developing leadership and job skills. The teens seed, tend and harvest organic produce for Growing Gardens’ CSA program, which provides a weekly share of vegetables for 65 community members.

Throughout the summer, the youth deepen connections with our community by engaging in volunteer projects, and by gleaning and donating produce to community members in need.

This hands-on farm experience teaches youth the importance of caring for the earth while learning how to grow their own food, work in a professional environment, operate a small business and create positive change for the community, the environment, and themselves.

Cultiva participants are empowered to make decisions about many aspects of the program. Youth are encouraged to participate in project administration, public relations, and community education, as well as garden work and community service projects.

Click here to watch our 2017 video!

Cultiva Youth Project Goals:

  • Teach leadership and communication skills through group work and peer leadership activities.

  • Help teens develop job skills through practical work experience 

  • Foster connection among the Cultiva team and greater Boulder community 

  • Teach organic farming and sustainable agriculture through urban farm and CSA operations 

  • Cultivate a connection with the land and an understanding of sustainable resource management 

  • Provide youth with valuable life, business, and interpersonal skills, as well as entrepreneurial opportunities

Cultiva Youth positions available for 2017:

Youth Leaders (by application only, after one full year in Cultiva) receive an hourly wage. - 2017 Positions Filled

Participants (ages 14-19) receive a $450 stipend for the summer. Returning Participants receive a $500 stipend for the summer.

Apprentices (ages 12-13) receive $100 stipend for the summer. Returning Apprentices receive a $110 stipend for the summer.

All youth work 10 to 15 hours a week, tending the garden, harvesting CSA shares, delivering and preparing produce for those in need, and working on community service projects.

Cultiva Schedule (this schedule is approximate, subject to change)

February - May: Cultiva Youth Leaders meet monthly to plan and prepare for the upcoming season.

Mandatory Orientation week for Youth Leaders: May 30th - June 2nd, 7am - 12:30pm.

Mandatory Orientation for Participants: June 6th - 9th, regularly scheduled days (Tues & Thurs OR Wed & Fri)

June - mid-August: All Cultiva Youth Project members (Youth Leaders, Participants, and Apprentices) work on the farm to prepare CSA shares and donations to the community. Youth Participants work 2 days per week, Tuesday through Friday from 7:30a-12:30p, in addition to two to three Wednesday evening CSA shifts (4 - 7pm).

Youth Leaders work an average of three days per week, Monday through Friday including  Wednesday evening shifts (4 - 7pm).

Additionally, both Youth Leaders and Youth Participants will attend at least one volunteer Gleaning shift at the Boulder County Farmer’s Market, Wednesdays from 7:45 - 8:15pm.

Mid-August - October: Youth Participants work 4 shifts, Tuesday or Wednesday afternoons 4 - 7pm.

Cultiva Applications (due April 21st): 

Please complete the application HERE via our online form. 
Or download this application in English or in Spanish and send to
For questions about Cultiva please call Rachel Cadwallader-Staub at (720) 514-9782, or contact