Youth Agriculture Entrepreneur Program

With one of the highest unemployment rate in nation, the Mississippi Delta is a tough place for an aspiring teen to find a summer job. At MDCFWOI, we are working to create a more positive future for our community and that’s why MDCFWOI developed the Youth Grower Opportunity and Market program.

The Youth Grower Opportunity and Market Program trains, supports, and provides summer income opportunities in small farm production and marketing to young adults ages 16-19 in four of the region’s high school school programs. Our goal is to promote a young-farmers program that grooms and mentors a new generation of farmers, teaching them life skills that would help them succeed in the world. MDCFWOI is on track to mentor 100 students from the four partner schools in 2016.

Our high school partners are

  • Coahoma Agriculture High School, (Clarksdale, MS – Coahoma County)
  • Quitman County Vocational School – Agro-Science Department, (Marks, MS – Quitman County)
  • Tunica County Vocational School – Agriculture Department, and (Tunica, MS – Tunica County)
  • Finch-Henry Job Corps (Batesville, MS – Panola County)

In addition, with colleagues at Tougaloo College FarmAid, another Beginning Farmer Rancher Program, we can provide additional resources and mentorship to the young growers and sellers.

With the help of our partners, we are not only providing valuable farming, employment, and life skills but we are also creating opportunities for summer income. In turn, the young-farmers help MDCFWOI to grow additional products and increase access to fresh, locally-grown produce throughout the Mississippi Delta.

 

Don Green Meeting with Youth Produce Growers

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