"FOOD WHAT?! is a youth empowerment program using food, through sustainable agriculture and health, as the vehicle for bringing about personal growth and transformation. We partner with teenage youth to grow, cook, eat and distribute healthy sustainably raised food. These revolutionary acts serve to empower youth to realize their full potentials, to enjoy life, and serve as grounds for hard skill and leadership development."
-from the Food What?! web site.
How do we green our plates? How to we green our transportation system? Youth involved with the Food What summer employment program are learning about the connections between how we get around and the food that we eat. Green Ways has had the honor of partnering with Food What?! to provide bikes and training to more than 20 youth working in the farms and gardens of Santa Cruz County this summer.
For two weeks in August, participants in the program are working on Yellow Wall Farm on Ocean Street Extension and biking produce to a drop-off point in the Seabright neighborhood. A number of the young people participating will be taking home the bikes they have been riding via Green Ways' Bike Adoption Program.