Applications for Summer Programs are now closed.

Applications for this season are closed. Please check back early next year for openings next season.

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 I - Three Week Session (July, dates TBD)

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, dates TBD

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.

Summer Youth Programs during COVID-19

We are committed to doing our part to keep our communities and relatives safe during this time. We were so fortunate to have safe summer programming in 2020 & 2021 with no COVID cases, and we are committed to ensuring youth safety this year as well. Our programming includes frequent and scheduled hand washing, daily temperature checks, masks at all times, sanitation of frequently touched spaces and decreased capacity in programming and in transportation vehicles.
We are fully prepared and committed to ensuring a safe environment for our youth to learn and be healthy.
We are closely monitoring not only case numbers but Minnesota Department of Health and CDC guidelines regarding summer programming. We will be sure to update you all along the way.


Please contact our Community Programs Coordinator, Matt, if you have any questions about youth programs.  You can reach Matt 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)