Youth Development through Urban Farming


“Look closely at a seed sprouting. At first it is defensive, hooded, but then it gains strength and confidence, pulls back its hood and starts reaching for the sky”

— Bailey

This is the transformation we see in the young people who come to work at Cultivate. Sometimes it happens like a lightbulb flicking on. Sometimes the transformation takes weeks or months.

Cultivate is on a mission to inspire and engage young people who are not currently in education, employment or training. We do it outdoors - with our hands in the dirt.

Working side by side, the young people are more likely to open up about their biggest challenges. And then we have the opportunity to connect with them.

Placing purpose at the heart of what we do - it is that feeling of being part of something bigger than themselves that brings the kids back each week.

We are a building a self-sustaining economic model, where we transform urban areas into farms to provide employment and skills to young people and fresh, local produce to cafes and restaurants.

Within our urban farms, dealing with Green Waste is a big part. Waste is part of the life cycle and we have developed a compost arm which is the only green waste collection service in the Christchurch CBD.

When you join Cultivate Produce or Cultivate Compost, you become part of our purpose, too. You help kids pull back their hoods and reach for the sky.

“I’m a whole lot more confident and talking to more people in my community.”

— Youth Employee

“Past two weeks my confidence has improved and I feel more comfortable being myself and getting used to things around me.”

— Youth Employee