Empowering Youth To Reach Their Full Potential

Join the Club!

This summer we are launching Youth Clubs featuring Farmers and Chefs. Students from grades K-8th will have fun activities to learn about cooking and gardening skills that they can use at home. 

New City Farm

New City Farm grows delicious food, but its purpose is more than just feeding people.  For almost a decade, New City Neighbors has been working hard in the Northeast side of Grand Rapids to positively impact our community. The farm’s main objective is to provide job and life skills to high school youth in our neighborhood.  Each summer we employ and train 10-15 high school students. Student employees learn all aspects of the hard work of organic vegetable growing. Student employees also participate in curriculum around job skills, food justice, anti-racism and food & faith.  

New City Cafe

Our outdoor pop-up cafe serves delicious wood fired pizzas, soups and salads while allowing us to train our youth across the farm-to-table spectrum. We are currently moving our cafe location to the “Farmhouse.” The 1890’s farmhouse will be renovated to become the new base of operations for New City Neighbors’ youth programming and will include a commercial kitchen upgrade and an outdoor cafe. We anticipate reopening in the summer of 2022.

Get Involved

New City Neighbors has a variety of volunteer and employment opportunities. Are you a high-schooler looking for your first job, or a college student looking for an internship? Do you want to volunteer with handing out fresh veggies or enjoy digging in the dirt? Or maybe your calling is to work with youth and agriculture. We’re ready for you. Click the button below. 

Invest In Youth

New City Neighbors has shown me what a truly kind, encouraging and happy work environment looks like and I hope to continue working here for years to come.

Joden Robinson

CSA Manager

Being in a diverse environment, getting to learn different things about different people and building new relationships… I used to be a self centered person, but being here has opened up my eyes and my heart to different people.

Claudia Billman

Bakery Manager