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The Youth Farmstand: A Model Program for Workforce Preparedness, Lifeskills Education, and Economic Development






Youth farmstands effectively integrate three responsibilities of Cooperative Extension—serving the agricultural community, helping youth through 4-H, and providing nutrition education through family and community health sciences. In addition, youth farmstands support many community initiatives and, by nature, form diverse and productive partnerships and collaborations. This article shows how a youth farmstand project addresses many local needs, including food security and economic and community development. For youth, it offers workplace preparedness, lifeskills training, and community service opportunities, as well as improved nutrition and health. Farmers also benefit through new retail outlets for their products, with limited labor investments.

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