Tools, Trainings & Technical Assistance

In addition to our direct mission delivery, GRuB has a successful history of sharing our model and best practices with organizations and institutions throughout the U.S. and beyond through manuals, program institutes, and mentor partnerships. Like a bee carrying pollen, GRuB is bringing innovative tools to educators, schools, and community organizations that are excited to engage youth in community-based learning. We call this part of our work Pollination. Read on to learn about the GRuB Institute, our  Technical Assistance services, and the GRuB Manual.

The GRuB Institute 

Creating place-based & community-connected youth engagement experiences

This 3-day training is a relationship-rich, hands-on experience offering powerful youth engagement tools, established program design, strategies for strong partnerships, and a manual detailing GRuB’s Employment Program and GRuB School models. Most importantly, you will walk away with a tangible sense of the culture and environment that makes GRuB’s youth development model successful. Clock Hours Available for teachers attending this training.  The next Institute will happen May 10-12,  2017.  Click here for a pdf flier for the 2017 GRuB Institute!  
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Who is this for?

  • Educators that want to bring more personal and community development to their work.
  • People seeking to deepen the impact on youth in farm & outdoor-based education.
  • People wanting to learn a successful model of youth engagement to use in their school or organization.
  • People exploring strategies for future school district partnerships.


IMG_0436What people are saying:

The Institute helped frame the work I do in growing good food within the larger and more basic context of growing good people. It’s an important motivator and re-invigorator. -2015 Participant

Just knowing the impact this work makes on the students, the fact that GRuB exists at all… this will give me the strength to use my skills to make a difference (friends, family, hunger, nature, community) and trust myself along

the way! -2014 Participant

It is hard to put into words, but if I had to the words would include inspiring, grounding, provoking, moving, challenging and an opportunity to seize. -2014 Participant

Supported by the USDA Farm to School Program

GRuB Institute  supported by the USDA Farm to School Program





Engagement 101: A Taste of Teaching in GRuB Style

 March 25, 2017 from 9:30am-3:30pm

Clock Hours Available for teachers attending this training.  

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In order to reach more people and offer our key strategies for success when working with youth, GRuB will be offering a one-day training in addition to our more intensive GRuB Institute. Participants will leave with tools that can be implemented either when working in the community, outdoors, or in a classroom with youth and can be applied to nearly any type of curriculum subject.

Participants will learn about:

– Theoretical foundations of the GRuB School Curriculum                                                                     institute pic
– Setting Shared Standards and other tools for Group Development
– Ways to integrate kinesthetic learning into curriculum
– Facilitation practices that establish a culture of engagement and youth leadership
– Communication styles that promote equality, respect, and success with students

A limited number of scholarships for attendance at a discounted rate are available. To inquire about receiving a scholarship or if you have any other questions about this training, please email


GRuB’s Technical Assistance and Coaching Services

GRuB has the capacity to provide technical assistance and coaching services to a few programs at a time. To learn more about what we are able to offer, please contact or call us at 360-753-5522.

Reflections on GRuB’s TA services:

Almost immediately it became clear to me that while small scale agriculture is the vehicle for changing and empowering the lives of youth in GRuB, the deeper teachings of socio-emotional competency and understanding the self and our relationship to our communities is really the hidden gem within GRuB. –Sean

Technical Assistance from GRuB has been invaluable for Cultivating Roots.  The practical garden resources and youth development training played a large part in the success of our summer youth program.  Since we are county health educators and not experienced or trained farmers, having trustworthy mentors available has enabled us to trouble shoot roadblocks in real time.  GRuB staff lives and breathes youth and community engagement through gardening and their passion is infectious. -Kristina


The GRuB Manual

The GRuB Manual is a detailed guide to GRuB’s youth employment and education programming. This  200+ page curriculum manual provides a description of the program and curricular structure, the planning and administration required to run it, as well as detailed calendars, workshops, lessons, and forms. We ask for a $25 donation for the PDF.  Please call or email to request one.

Contact us

To find out more about our services, or with other questions, please call GRuB at 360-753-5522 or e-mail