There are 4000+ young people (16-25) in Christchurch who are not engaging in any form of education, employment or training (EET).
Without positive transitions into EET before the age of 25, these youth are at a high-risk of welfare dependency, mental illness, crime and causing harm to themselves and others.
WHAT WE DO
With the support of the community, we grow skills, provide meaningful work experience and employment opportunities for young people in an urban farming environment.
Operating since 2015 to date we have
*supported 25 young people successfully into positive outcomes, such as employment, housing and away from destructive living environments
*reached a point where we sustain 12 young people transitioning every year at our current scale
*supplying 22 local hospitality businesses and gate sale customers with organically grown, nutrient-rich, fresh produce from our two Urban Farms
WHERE WE WANT TO TAKE THIS
Our SOW LOVE GROW LOVE Campaign will support us in a directly accountable way to achieve the following things:
Additional benefit to our the wider community: As we are also looking at collaborating with other local growers, our growth will also open a new market for other small-scale produce growers to reach more customers by selling through Cultivate’s space. By creating this network, we aim to strengthen the entire ecosystem Cultivate is part of which includes Christchurch as our home community.