Tumwater F.R.E.S.H (Farm Rooted Education for Sustainability and Health) is a GRuB-inspired program for youth to gain high school credits, job skills, and people skills while working on a small farm at Isabella Bush Park, 1436 Linwood Avenue in Tumwater. The program is a partnership between the City of Tumwater, Tumwater School District, and GRuB in Olympia.
The purpose of the program is to empower youth in taking control of their lives and being good citizens while creating opportunities for personal growth and building sustainable systems of food production. The food we grow will go to school cafeterias, students and families in need, food banks, and senior centers.
During the school year, students enrolled in the program will spend afternoons on the farm or in a classroom at Tumwater High School learning agriculture, civics, and science. FRESH is a school within a school but is designed to be hands-on, interactive, inspiring and focused on youth leadership, community service and action, and, of course, food and farming.
Who can attend FRESH?
- Students from the 2020 (current freshmen) graduating class (consideration also given to current sophomores and juniors) , enrolled at Tumwater HS, Black Hills HS or Secondary Options
- Who also qualify for free/reduced lunch, and/or who are in foster care, and/or students from all incomes not succeeding in current school offerings will be given priority in the selection process. And, we welcome any student interested in the program to apply as long as all of the credits offered are needed.
- Must be able to start with the FRESH summer program: A 7 week work training course on the farm. Students will receive a work-based stipend of up to $1,000 and 1.0 elective credit.
- Selection criteria for applicants to the program include: credit needs, income status, strength of application and interview, and feedback from administrators, counselors, and teachers.
- Note: Students entering their 9th grade year will not be eligible
- An application and interview process will be completed to determine whether the student meets the above criteria and is a good fit for our desired group dynamic and goals
CREDITS OFFERED through FRESH)
FRESH academic year: 4 credits are offered. Students will receive grades A-F
These are all CTE Agriculture and will be cross-credited as follows:
- 1 credit Lab Science – integrated 3rd year science
- 1 credit Social Studies – History - Senior Civics 2 credits CTE Agriculture – 1 elective + 1 CTE
- If students have particular questions regarding whether this is a fit for their HS pathway, we can connect them with counselors
- If students want to do the program, we will do our best to make it fit!
FRESH summer program: 1 elective credit offered. Pass/Fail
- 4-7 weeks during July and August, Tuesdays-Fridays from 9:00 am-3:30 pm
- Stipend of up to $1,000 depending on achievement in work training program
Student Commitment (Our Minimum Standards):
- Be here every day and arrive on-time!
- Come prepared to participate and contribute in all activities
- Be safe – emotionally, physically and with property/materials
- Uphold the FRESH Community Contract (students and staff will create this together)
- Wear appropriate clothes and shoes (We’re active & farming in many kinds of weather!)
- Complete program evaluation forms
- Commit to start with the summer program and continue with both semesters of school year
*If you meet an interested youth, please contact Kristen Maring at (360) 628-4902 or
Kristen.email@example.com. Students can also inquire at their school counselor.