The Carol Van Andel Healthy Living Center hosts a Learning Farm, with a farm-to-table focus, allowing a variety of groups to gather and develop the agricultural skills needed to grow produce, as well as the entrepreneurial skills needed to sell what they grow.
The Learning Farm provides a flexible work-space and includes areas for learning, potting, and sorting produce. The raised bed gardens on the Learning Farm will also provide small scale local growers a venue for selling crops and herbs through the YMCA Veggie Vans. Produce from the YMCA Veggie Vans is sold at affordable prices to residents living in Grand Rapids’ and Muskegon’s most vulnerable neighborhoods, where access to fresh produce is limited.
Environmental Education & Gardening Programs for Youth
We understand the importance of allowing youth the opportunity to explore and maintain a connection with the environment, nature, conservation, and agricultural science.
The environmental education and curriculum-based educational gardening program is designed to educate youth and to nurture a sense of appreciation for our natural world and our environmental responsibilities.