The FunkyTown Food Project’s mission is to cultivate leadership skills in high school youth through food and farming, transforming the lives of young people to inspire, engage, and nourish the community. Our Seed Crew is a 6-week paid internship program with the mission to empower youth.


Youth are the center of our mission and work. Every year we hire youth from the city and suburbs to participate in our program. Our model brings them together using the common ground of food and farming to work across race, class, gender and all manner of differences.

Food Access

We farm and distribute that food in the community. Our produce is sold through affordable farmers’ markets that accept state and federal food subsidies and donated through a network of community partners.   


We seek to create powerful change that is rooted in community. We work to uplift the assets of the community, help remove barriers, and support the priorities established in partnership with residents, community groups, other nonprofits, local government, and local businesses.   

During their 6-week program, youth work with staff to grow vegetables and distribute thousands of pounds of produce, while developing leadership, teamwork, workplace, and civic participation skills. After working on the farm each morning, Seed Crew spends most afternoons in workshops learning about sustainable agriculture, food access, social justice, and more.


To be eligible for the position, prospective candidates must:

  • Be a Junior or Senior in the Fall of 2022  
  • Be available to every weekday of the entire six-week Seed Crew (see dates below).
  • Be invited for, and complete an interview.


  • Seed Crew Orientation: June 4, 2022
  • Seed Crew Season: Tuesday-Friday June 21 – July 29, 2022 


Seed Crew members will work 32 hours per week, and will be paid a stipend of $360 per week (before tax).

We are excited to engage with our crew for Summer 2022! The safety and wellbeing of our youth, staff, and the communities in which we work are our top priorities, especially during this global pandemic. The FunkyTown Food Project is monitoring COVID-19 daily and adhering to the guidelines put forth by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Our program experiences are subject to change based upon those guidelines and the evolving nature and impact of COVID-19.