For Native youth ages 13-18. Learn about culture, indigenous foods & agriculture. Participants receive a stipend of $50/week with a potential bonus.

Please note that summer sessions are subject to size reduction, modification, and cancellation based on inclement weather, air quality, and COVID-19 recommendations. We are exploring alternative plans to keep our youth and families engaged if summer programs need to be canceled.

Garden Warriors sessions are four days weekly for three weeks, Monday-Thursday, and cover gardening, nutrition, physical activity, and Native culture and language for teens ages 13-18. Participants are paid a stipend for their work in program.

Garden Warriors Session 1 - Three Week Session (July 8th - July 25th, Monday-Thursday Weekly)

Garden Warriors in Session I learn the basics of regenerative agriculture and healthy cooking fundamentals. Youth have the opportunity to cook healthy lunches in the kitchen and may work at the farmers market. We encourage first-time youth to apply for this session. Previous Garden Warriors may also participate.

Garden Warriors Session II - Three Week Session (August 5th- August 22nd, Monday-Thursday Weekly)

In Session II, returning Garden Warriors deepen their knowledge and improve skills from previous seasons. Youth learn seed saving and hand pollination, have the opportunity to cook healthy lunches in the kitchen and may work at the farmers market.

After participating in the Garden Warriors program, participants can become a Youth Leader. Youth Leaders participate in DWH programs and events year-round.

*Program dates and format are subject to change.

Application Deadline: Friday March 22nd 2024

Click the button below to apply.


Please contact our Youth Programs Coordinators, Emily and Josh, if you have any questions about youth programs.  You can reach Emily and Josh at or call at 612-254-7327.

During our programs, Native youth will be empowered in their own individual cultural identities, and will deepen their connection with the earth, water, pollinators, elders, and peers. 

Our three week Garden Warriors program includes teachings about: 

  • Seed saving
  • Cooking healthy and traditional foods
  • Sustainable indigenous agriculture
  • Foraging
  • Sacred & traditional medicines
  • Food sovereignty 
  • Leadership skills
  • Physical activities & traditional games
  • Life skills and knowledge to advocate for healthy community changes
  • Job training at Four Sister’s Farmer’s Market (pending Covid restrictions)