Growing Green Works is a locally owned & operated venture that is managed and run by youth in MAP's Growing Green Program. Growing Green Works began in 2006 as an economic education program for youth, giving them hands-on business and leadership training by operating their own social enterprise.
Through Growing Green Works, the youth develop and market organic, value-added products, like salsa and a chili starter, as a way to understand and connect to the food system and the local economy. As part of their training, youth learn how decision-making happens in a business management setting, meet with local farmers, and retail business owners. They also learn business planning, marketing, sales, and accounting. This enterprise generates income to support Growing Green’s youth employment fund.