Youth Education

Exploring the connections between healthy land and healthy people

Zenger Farm’s experiential and science-based programs teach youth and adults the importance of food, farming, wetland conservation and environmental stewardship. Participants learn that healthy food comes from healthy soil. Zenger Farm provides opportunities for community members to get their hands dirty and learn where their food comes from!

Programs

Farm Camps

Farm Camps offer an unforgettable opportunity to explore, eat, and play in our beautiful urban educational farm and wetland throughout the seasons. We offer Spring Break, Summer, and Winter Camps. Campers tend to vegetables and farm animals, harvest produce, craft with magical plants, participate in farm scavenger hunts, and develop chef skills during cooking challenges. All camps now offer Extended Day! To enroll in any of our camps, please contact Program Assistant, Rob Cato. Interested in volunteering with our environmental education programs? Learn more.

Field Trips

Through our Field Trip programs students learn about sustainable farming practices, healthy soils, beneficial insects, and wetland ecology. By participating in Service Learning projects, they have the opportunity to be farmers and stewards of the land.

SCHEDULE A FIELD TRIP

For more information about field trips or to be put on a wait list, contact Rob Cato.

Urban Farm Home School Program

Click here to learn more and register now! 

The Urban Farm Home School Program (UFHSP) at Zenger Farm offers home schooled children ages 5 to 14 years old the opportunity to experience the importance of healthy food, organic farming practices, wetland conservation, animal care, and environmental stewardship in our urban community. During both the Fall (September to November), Winter (January to February) and Spring (March to May), students participate in weekly classes on weekday afternoons.Students explore science and inquiry, do hands-on service learning projects, harvest, cook and eat garden snacks, and create nature-inspired art. Need-based scholarships are available. Contact Andy McGee for information about curriculum and scholarships. Click here to register online now!

Workshops

Attend a workshop at our beautiful urban farm and go home with new skills and a hefty dose of inspiration!

Healthy Eating on a Budget

Our Healthy Eating on a Budget program offers community based workshops and demonstrations in conjunction with neighborhood partners, bringing families together to learn skills, connect with resources and build relationships that strengthen their ability to nourish themselves with healthy food.

Farmer Training

Our Farmer Training program offers farming internships,Portland-area farm tours and the community driven Outer SoutheastFarmer Training Project.

Food Scouts

Calling all kids ages 5-12! Join the Food Scouts program at Lents International Farmers Market! Food Scouts receive $2 in tokens each week to spend on vegetables, fruit, or food-producing plants. The Food Scouts booth also features hands-on activities focused on farms, local food and fun. Each week features a different activity, from cider pressing to leaf rubbings to fruit and veggie treasure hunts. The program is free for families and no pre-registration is required. Stop by the Food Scouts booth at the market any Sunday during the season.

Food Scouts is a partnership between Zenger Farm and Whole Foods Market.