Garden Warriors

Applications are now open!

Application deadline is May 1st. Apply online or through the mail.

If you prefer to apply using a mail-in application, please download our Garden Warriors Paper Application and mail to our office address listed on the application. 

4 days each week, Mon-Thurs. Three and Four-week sessions covering gardening, nutrition, physical activity, and Native culture and language for teens ages 13-18. Participants are paid a stipend for their work in program and are paid for their time working at farmers markets.

Garden Warriors Session I - Three Week Session

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


Garden Warriors Session II - Four Week Session

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


Garden Warriors often have the opportunity participate in a cultural activities and camps in addition to program. In 2017, Garden Warriors II went to a Kiwenz Ojibwe Language camp as well as went wild ricing.


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

Looking to apply for Cora's Kids?

Cora’s Kids is a four day program for Native kids ages 8-12 out at the Dream of Wild Health farm in Hugo, MN. We will be learning about growing and eating healthy and tasty food, culture, and language along with traditional crafts and games.


Please contact Estella LaPointe, our Community Programs Manager, for any questions related to our youth programs. You can reach Estella by email at or by phone at 612-874-4200 (ext 107).