Interested in joining our 2017 Teen Ag Crew? Read the information below and see our Employment page to apply.
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.
Our Teen Ag program is a 10-week sustainable agriculture immersion program for local teens that engages them in multiple aspects of building a better foodscape. Program participants gain hands-on work experience and agricultural training that contribute to a healthy lifestyle, civic participation, and ecological awareness.
The Crew grows all the farm’s vegetables and fruits, manages our farm stand and our CSA, and provides produce for Farm-to-Table dinners and our campground’s Farm Café. Most importantly, Teen Ag donates thousands of pounds of fresh produce to area food pantries throughout the year. We’re cultivating the next generation of sustainable farmers, food systems innovators, conscientious eaters, and engaged community members.
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!
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Teen Ag’s Impact
- “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
- WMTW News 8 – Winter farming in Maine
- Bangor Daily News – How some Maine farmers have turned cold winter months into an extended growing season
- Civil Eats – Winter: The Hottest Thing in Farming
- WGME – Wolfe’s Neck Farm gives back to the community
- MOFGA – Maine Heritage Orchard Welcomes Volunteers
- 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