Seattle Youth Garden Works (SYGW) empowers homeless and underserved youth through garden-based education and employment. SYGW began in 1995 as a small volunteer landscaping project to address the needs of homeless youth in the University District of Seattle. We now cultivate gardens in the University District and at Marra-Desimone Park in South Park and then sell the produce the youth grow at local farmers markets. Through SYGW young people gain skills and connection to the community. They also earn money which helps them establish self-sufficiency and, in some cases, contribute to the stability of the family home.
SYGW is under the administrative umbrella of the Church Council of Greater Seattle and is responsible for its own program development and fundraising. We enroll participants and provide all services without regard to or expectation of religious participation or affiliation.