SEED Skills Crew

(formerly Youth Seed Enterprise - YSE)

SEED Skills Crew is an opportunity for youth ages 12-18 to sharpen their leadership, communication, and work skills through learning to manage an organic garden and delivering healthy and nutritious produce to surrounding communities.

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Registration for 2024 will open in the Spring!

Email seed@trellis4tomorrow.org for questions about SEED

Trellis for Tomorrow’s SEED Skills Crew is an “earn while you learn” program that challenges youth participants and their communities to think, interact, and grow in new ways.

This high-impact summer program offers youth participants ages 12-18 meaningful opportunities to build work-related skills while learning to manage organic gardens, engage in relationships and activities that enhance their social and emotional capacity, develop new understandings, and participate in the creation of youth-led enterprises that increase access to local, nutritious, and affordable food.

“This program improved my social skills and gave me a chance to meet new people while learning how to positively benefit the community!”

– SEED Participant

A dynamic combination of hands-on work, engaging classroom sessions, and transformative activities.
Hands-on Work

Youth participants gather in organic gardens established by Trellis within their own neighborhoods and communities, where they learn to grow, harvest, and distribute produce to others.

Engaging Classroom Sessions

Takes place daily and features Trellis’ compelling “systems change” curriculum, which presents participants with a space to explore, discuss, and discover new ways of thinking about themselves, their world, and their power to affect meaningful change.

Transformative Activities

Trellis staff work to identify, develop, and lead engaging activities for youth participants which sharpen their skills, build their capacities, and create opportunities to practice what they are learning.

The interplay between the hands-on, real-time application of knowledge and Trellis’s interactive, exciting curriculum creates a significant and transformative experience for SEED Skills Crew participants. Teens participating in SEED broaden their understanding of the world while gaining powerful skills that increase their educational and post-educational success.

Pounds of fresh food grown by our SEED Skills crew

Young people have participated since 2018

Young people joined our Leadership Track

Program Offers

Springboard

March to April – Springboard is only for returning participants who are interested in joining the SEED Leadership Track. Participation in Springboard is a pre-requisite for all SEED Leaders. Youth set personal goals for themselves while sharpening their understanding of peer leadership and help Trellis staff to plan the summer program.

 

SEED Skills Crew Summer

June to August – The SEED Skills Crew summer program takes place across four garden sites. Main components of the summer program include:

  • Gardening, nutrition, food demos and food justice discussions
  • Harvesting and delivering produce to the surrounding community
  • Developing workplace readiness skills
  • Team building, goal setting, and making new connections with participants and community leaders

Program Sites

Because of the localized focus of our work, priority is given to youth applicants from the communities surrounding the garden sites.  SEED Skills Crew currently operates gardens in four locations:

Pottsgrove
Sarah in CollardsThe Pottsgrove garden is located within the Rolling Hills Apartment complex. The garden sits behind the community room, and has been growing thousands of pounds of produce each year since 2020, when Trellis first partnered with Better Tomorrows to establish the garden. With the equivalent of 68 raised beds, this garden produces lots of fresh produce which gets delivered back into the Rolling Hills community.
Phoenixville
The Phoenixville garden is located within Don Coppedge Village, just behind Franklin Commons. In the spring of 2020, Trellis partnered with Chester County Food Bank and Pennrose to create a youth cohort to help care for the otherwise underutilized garden space. That summer, the teens in the SEED Skills program more than doubled the size of the garden through establishing in-ground beds, and it’s been growing over 1,000 pounds of produce each year since then.
Pottstown
The Pottstown garden is Trellis’ eldest SEED garden, located in the heart of the Borough of Pottstown on the 700 block of Walnut St. The garden was started in 2018 as a result of a partnership between Trellis and Hobart’s Run – the community development arm of the Hill School. The garden is currently in the process of undergoing a large expansion and we look forward to being able to grow even more food for the surrounding community!
Spring City
The Spring City garden is located within Park Spring Apartments complex, behind the community room. The garden began as a small youth-run garden and has now expanded into a large community garden that SEED participants manage during the summer. Produce grown in this garden is delivered back to residents of Park Spring Apartments.

Program Highlights

Because Trellis for Tomorrow SEED Skills youth programs are supported in part by federal funds, our participants are guaranteed certain rights by law. All of these rights, along with related grievance/complaint procedures, can be found in these documents.

1. Participant Rights and Grievance Procedures

2. Equal Opportunity Notice

3. Sexual Harassment Policy

4. Participant Civil Rights

Trellis for Tomorrow also has its own version of Equal Opportunity policies and grievance procedures. For a full copy of Trellis’s anti-harassment and discrimination policy, including grievance procedures, please click here. Should you require a translation of this document into another language or an audio version, or have questions or concerns, please reach out to our Executive Director at 610-886-4901. Thank you.