CRYJ’s Trellis Project empowers youth to build new skills, and to engage with our community.

With the goal of giving youth a strong foundation for a career in any field, CRYJ’s Trellis Project aims to empower youth to build new skills and engage in work-based learning opportunities. Working in collaboration with a wide variety of community members, peers, and professionals, youth will engage in experiential learning while strengthening important community connections. 

 

      The Trellis Project includes

 

Garden Projects

Through the Trellis Project youth have the opportunity to learn important skill-sets that carry into the culinary/food services & working world. Youth participants not only learn where food comes from but are actively involved in designing, planting, growing, maintaining, harvesting, selling, and creating healthy meals from the organic produce.

During the Winter and Spring months youth focus on developing interpersonal skills while engaging in empowerment workshops that include cooking projects, mind-body skills, art and writing reflections and much more.

 

 

Supper Club Dinners

Supper Clubs are held monthly at the Central Kitchen Garden every summer.  Based on a youth-led business model, youth participate in every aspect of the Supper Clubs, from planting and harvesting the food, to cooking, serving and hosting at the dinners. 

 
 CRYJ staff and youth harvesting at the Central Kitchen Garden

CRYJ staff and youth harvesting at the Central Kitchen Garden

 CRYJ youth, staff and volunteers prepare for a Supper Club dinner

CRYJ youth, staff and volunteers prepare for a Supper Club dinner

 
 

Community Market Stand

Every week in the summer, we set up a donation-based market stand in front of the Central Kitchen Garden where we offer the fresh vegetables to the community. Patrons are only asked to pay what they are able, as a way to increase access to fresh produce for the Flathead Valley. 

 Our humble donation-based market stand at the Central Kitchen Garden

Our humble donation-based market stand at the Central Kitchen Garden

 

The Garden at Central Kitchen and Supper Clubs provide youth with community service projects, experiential learning opportunities, and workshops. Supper club dinners at The Trellis Project are possible through a collaboration between Kalispell Public Schools, The Central Kitchen at Kalispell Middle School, and Care Farms.