Roots Rising's mission is to empower youth and build community through food and farming. We have transformed the Pittsfield Farmers Market into the first teen-run farmers market in the region.
We believe in the power of teens. Young people are incredible agents of change: they are energetic, passionate, and unafraid to put their ideals into action. When given a sense of belonging and a sense of purpose, there is nothing stopping them. We are proud to be a market fueled by teen-power.
Our Market Crew is involved with all aspects of the market, including set up, vendor support, community outreach, activity programming, and implementing our food justice programs.
Market Crew is a job opportunity for graduates of Roots Rising's Farm Crews, where Pittsfield teens are hired to work on farms and in food pantries throughout the region.
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This is Avery. After working for Roots Rising's Farm Crew last summer, she felt empowered to make real change- to reduce waste at her school. She contacted her principal, set up meetings, put a plan into action, and now, thanks to Avery, Wahconah High School has a composting program!
Avery is now part of our Market Crew. Just as she was inspired by Roots Rising, we have been inspired by her. So we're following her lead and have started to compost at the market.
This is the power of teen changemakers. They are strong and capable, and we are proud to have them lead the way at the Pittsfield Farmers Market.