Become part of the Seed Crew with the Food Project!

Seed Crew, formerly known as Summer Youth Program or SYP, is a seven week summer opportunity for youth to grow produce on urban and suburban farms while developing civic engagement and teamwork skills in a diverse setting.

The program brings together around 100 teenagers from diverse cultural, racial, economic, and geographic backgrounds to work on our urban and suburban farms in Lincoln, Boston, and on the North Shore. During seven weeks, they work together to grow vegetables sustainably and distribute thousands of pounds of produce while developing important leadership, teamwork, diversity, and civic participation skills.

After working the fields each morning, Seed Crew participants spend many afternoons participating in workshops that address a variety of issues, including sustainable agriculture, diversity, and personal finance. They also spend one day a week at a local hunger relief organization preparing and serving the produce that they have grown. Each Seed Crew also gets the opportunity to sell produce at farmers' markets that accept SNAP/EBT benefits as a form of payment.

Youth in our Seed Crews are held to high standards of performance and behavior and earn a biweekly stipend for their work. They learn about the principles and practices of sustainable agriculture, explore issues of food justice, and develop both personally and professionally.

To be hired, you must:

  • be 14 years old by January 1, 2015 and have completed 8th grade by June 2015
  • be able to attend the entire six and a half week Seed Crew program, which runs from end of June through August
  • complete all pages and answer all questions on this application
  • ask someone to fill out the CREW WORKER REFERENCE form for you

Instructions for Online Application

Once you've got all your information ready, it should take about 30 minutes to apply online. The first page of the application will have a list of instructions. Please read them through completely before beginning your application.

Crew Worker Reference

Give the CREW WORKER REFERENCE to an adult who knows you well, but is not in your family (ex: a teacher). Make sure they know it is due by March 13th, 2015 – no exceptions. You'll be able to download the reference sheet as part of the online application process, or forward a link to an online form.


An interview is the last phase of the application process. Not all applicants will be granted an interview - your online application and reference form must be completed to be considered. We will ask you for your interview preferences at the end of the application.


To start, let us know your name, birthdate and ZIP code so that we can figure out which of The Food Project's programs you're eligible for.

To apply:

For more info:  visit

Dates Relevant: 
Tue, 03/03/2015 - Fri, 03/13/2015