Cultivating Young Leaders: A Workbook for Growing A Youth-Led Cooperative Garden Business

cover of Youth Entrepreneurship Manual showing students working in a gardenThis innovative resource, created in partnership with City Blossoms, is informed by the work of their Youth Entrepreneurship Cooperative (YEC) program. It is complete with templates and tools to support anyone interested in connecting high school youth with gardens and entrepreneurship skill-building. 


This workbook includes in-depth insights from City Blossoms staff, who have committed more than seven years to growing the YEC program. This resource gives insight into City Blossoms’ philosophy for:

  • recruiting participants;
  • forming local partnerships;
  • designing a safe and inviting meeting space;
  • and launching a youth-led cooperative business.

This workbook is filled with guiding questions to assist others in developing their own unique adaptation of this program.

Click through to download your free digital copy from the City Blossoms website!

Building a Farm and Garden Youth Entrepreneurship Program video series

Building a Farm and Garden Youth Entrepreneurship Program is a four-part webinar series led by the U.S. Botanic Garden, City Blossoms, and the Farm-Based Education Network. The series highlights key concepts from the Youth Entrepreneurship Cooperative Manual. Each session includes guest presenters from farm and garden-based youth entrepreneurship programs across the United States. The series is available in both English and Spanish.


See the latest video here and expand the menu in the video's top right to see others in the series.

Spanish-language series (Videos en español):