Stay tuned for 2017 Teen Ag Program information!
The vital role food can play in supporting the health and vitality of individuals, communities, and the environment is fundamental to Wolfe’s Neck Farm, and our Teen Ag program involves area teens in multiple aspects of these efforts.
Learn to Farm. Through an immersion in sustainable agriculture, teens learn practical field skills, agricultural sciences, group work, business management, and the hard (and rewarding) work of farming. They also visit other farms and get a taste of different agricultural approaches and business models.
With the support of a 3-year grant from the Harvard Pilgrim Healthcare Foundation, we are building infrastructure to extend our growing season and Teen Ag through the winter.
Serving Our Community. In addition to managing our CSA and farm stand, the Teen Ag Crew grows thousands of pounds of fresh nutritious vegetables and fruits for area food pantries. In 4 years, we’ve contributed tons (literally!) of produce to our community.
Growing Leaders. There is a lot to learn and a lot to get done, and taking initiative and working as a team are essential. Teen Ag Crew Members also help educate summer campers and visitors about sustainable agriculture. As they explore Maine’s food system, they’re encouraged to reflect on their role and future within it.
- “I feel that I have grown to have a larger appreciation of good hard work, as well as how hard it is to own and run a farm. I also think I have learned to be more independent, but know how to fall back on support when needed.” – Nick (age 17) of Freeport
- “I have enjoyed and learned a lot from this experience and I look forward to my education in sustainable agriculture even more now!” -Abby (age 17) of Durham
- “I think it’s great how this is teaching younger people about how to work on a farm. I wish more people wanted to do that.” – Cooper (age 15) of Durham
- “Physically, I’ve grown stronger from working with the animals and doing field work. I’ve grown as an individual by learning to be more confident. Also, I’ve grown as a student because I’ve learned a lot.” – Katie (age 16) of Falmouth
- “The Teen Ag Program from Wolfe’s Neck Farm has been a godsend for our Food Pantry… the teens delivered fresh produce weekly and it was of the highest quality . It was evident that the quality and quantity was a real source of pride for those kids.” – Sue Mack, Family Services Coordinator for Freeport Community Services
Interested in joining our Teen Ag Crew? See our Employment page for more information.
Stay informed, and follow Teen Ag on Facebook!
- Bangor Daily News – “These Maine teens are trading summer adventure for farm learning”
- The Tri-Town Weekly – Grant boosts Freeport farmers’ efforts to help food pantries
- The Times Record – Wolfe’s Neck Farm awarded $50,000
- The Tri-Town Weekly – “Motivated student farmers grow and learn”
- The Times Record – “Sustaining Summer”
- The Forecaster – “Teens become farmers at Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport”
- Digital Publications – SeedStock.com
Interested in writing a story or blog post about the Teen Ag Crew? Visit our Teen Ag Crew Press Page for press releases and links to downloadable high-resolution images.
The Wolfe’s Neck Farm Teen Ag Program was developed in partnership with the Maine Coast Heritage Trust and supported by the generous grants and donations from The Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation Healthy Food Fund, The Quimby Family Foundation, Norway Savings Bank, Johnny’s Selected Seeds, Leonard C. & Mildred F. Ferguson Foundation, and Robbins de Beaumont Foundation as well as donations to Wolfe’s Neck Farm. Thank you all for your generous contributions to Teen Ag’s work in our community!