Schoolyard to Market is a youth development, entrepreneurship, and gardening program launched in January 2011. We work with four San Francisco Unified School District high schools: The Academy of Arts and Sciences, Life Learning Academy, John O’Connell High School, and June Jordan School for Equity (at which we partner with Urban Sprouts).
Schoolyard to Market students are growing produce and vegetable seedlings in their school gardens and selling them at the Ferry Plaza 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, school garden managers, and other experts.
Through the program, the youth gain valuable life and job skills like planning, marketing, and customer service. They come away with a greater appreciation for gardening and an understanding of where their food comes from. The Schoolyard to Market program also aims to improve students’ health and well-being. It encourages physical activity, and 93% of the students surveyed in the pilot semester said they enjoyed fruits and vegetables more after participating in the program.
The Schoolyard to Market booth will be back at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market this fall. Stay tuned for dates!
Support garden-based learning and edible education by shopping at the Schoolyard to Market booth at the Ferry Plaza Farmers Market and 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 »