Teen Leadership Corps (TLC) at Awbury Arboretum


Creating personal and social change through small urban agricultural youth run food businesses….urban grown and raised.

All high school youth are welcome to join our team as we share our talents and develop skills in urban agriculture, culinary arts, and entrepreneurship at the TLC Market Garden. Middle school youth volunteers will also be considered.

Click here to apply. For more information, email our TLC Farm Manager, Jesse Bilger at jbilger@awbury.org.


Our Mission:

The mission of the Teen Leadership Corps is to create a thoughtful and productive community of youth and adults from diverse backgrounds who work together to learn about food, farming, entrepreneurship, and each other.  Our community works together to create urban agricultural based products and services and to learn essential business skills.  We provide youth leadership opportunities and place to learn and to earn.

Our Vision:

We envision a world where youth are active leaders, diverse communities feel connected to the land and each other, and businesses work to benefit the communities in which they thrive.

Our Values:

  • harvest fest teensyouth and adult partnerships are at the heart of our best work;
  • we are stewards of our land and our community – and, in turn, they sustain us;
  • our strength grows from diverse experiences, backgrounds, cultures and points of view;
  • in hard work that balances rigor, reflection and fun

Our History:

TLC was formed in 2013-14, when we planted, grew, and sold hundreds of herb seedling; started a 50’x50’ market garden – The Uptown Farm; built, tended and harvested 10 raised beds; built and utilized a small unheated greenhouse.  We also use of the Awbury Farm Kitchen and Classroom.  With the generous support of the Aetna Foundation and Penn State Extension we will be continuing into 2017 and beyond.

Click here to read about the TLC in the Philadelphia Inquirer 

Watch a video created by the TLC in the summer of 2014: