BCCF Youth Farm Residency 2024

Our programming for BIPOC youth aged 15-29 is back this summer! The Black Creek Community Farm Youth Farm Residency will consist of youth from the Jane-Finch neighbourhood who are interested in developing leadership and instruction skills and learning about food justice, cooking and food preparation techniques, and environmental conservation through a train-the-trainer model.

The free program will provide refreshments, bus fare, an honorarium, and a safe food handling certificate. 

Are you between the ages of 15 and 29, living in the Jane/Finch – Black Creek neighbourhood, and looking for a unique opportunity to learn, grow, and make a difference in your community this summer?

Black Creek Community Farm’s Youth Farm Residency will allow you to learn the basics of organic Market Gardening, and get the opportunity to make and take your produce to market! You will also have the chance to participate in and learn to create community-focused programming for our neighbours in the Jane-Finch/Black Creek community.

Program Info:

  • Dates: June – October
  • Schedule: Saturdays from 11 AM to 2 PM
  • Location: Black Creek Community Farm, 4929 Jane Street, Toronto ON

During this residency, you will:

  • Grow Your Own Produce: Learn the ins and outs of urban farming, from planting seeds to harvesting crops including veggies, mushrooms, flowers, and herbs.
  • Create Your Own Products: Discover how to turn the harvest into small-batch value-added products, from herbal salts and dried teas to sauces and balms.
  • Gain Farm Stand Sales Experience: Learn how to run a farm stand by selling your produce at our farm stand
  • Foster Community Connection: Share what you’ve learned and expand your leadership skills by supporting our small, community-focused workshops for the children and seniors in our neighbourhood.

Additional Benefits:

  • Safe Food Handler’s Certificate: Receive essential food safety training.
  • Honorarium: Earn while you learn with a program honorarium.
  • Bus Fare and Refreshments: Enjoy free bus fare and refreshments at every session.
  • Volunteer Hours: Accumulate volunteer hours for your resume or school requirements.

Don’t miss out on this amazing opportunity to develop new skills, meet new friends, and contribute to your community. Sign up today and be a part of the 2024 Youth Farm Residency at Black Creek Farm!



Questions? Please contact youth@blackcreekfarm.ca for more information.

Black Creek Community Farm thanks the Rideau Hall Foundation and the City of Toronto’s Black Mandated Funding Framework for generously supporting this program.