Schoolyard to Market is a youth development, entrepreneurship, and gardening program launched in January 2011. We work with three San Francisco Unified School District high schools: The Academy - San Francisco at McAteer, Life Learning Academy, and John O’Connell High School.
Schoolyard to Market students are growing produce and vegetable seedlings in their school gardens and selling them at the farmers market. The students get hands-on experience in the garden and take field trips to the farmers market and local farms. They learn about sustainability and why it’s important, and they eat vegetables out of the garden. They also learn about running a successful business, with advice from local farmers, food entrepreneurs, and other experts. For many of them, selling produce at the market is their first real job opportunity.
Through the program, the youth learn valuable career skills like planning, marketing, and customer service. They gain confidence and take pride in selling the food they’ve produced. They come away not only with the knowledge to grow their own food and with a greater understanding of the food system, but also with a new appreciation for fresh fruits and vegetables.
Upcoming Market Days
Saturday, April 22, Ferry Plaza Farmers Market (8 am to 2 pm): John O’Connell High School students will be selling their veggies, herbs, and bouquets.
Sunday, April 23, Jack London Square Farmers Market (10 am to 3 pm): Life Learning Academy students will be selling their plant starts, herbs, and honey from their beehive.
Saturday, May 20, Ferry Plaza Farmers Market (8 am to 2 pm): The Academy - San Francisco @ McAteer students will be selling their veggies and herbs.
Sunday, May 21, Jack London Square Farmers Market (10 am to 3 pm): Fremont High School will be selling their veggies and herbs.
Support garden-based learning and edible education by donating to CUESA.
Read stories about Schoolyard to Market:
- Program takes school gardening to new level: entrepreneurship (SFGate.com, October 28, 2014)
- Another Schoolyard Comes to Market (April 20, 2012)
- From the Schoolyard to the Market (May 13, 2011)
This program is made possible through the generous support of:
Orchard Hill Family Fund
Whole Kids Foundation
Photos by Drew Altizer Photography and Celeste Noche.
CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture) is dedicated to cultivating a sustainable food system through the operation of farmers markets and educational programs. Learn More »