Covid 19 is putting thousands more people in our  community at risk for food insecurity and as a result, making them vulnerable to malnutrition and serious illness. Closure of restaurants has reduced all food donations to shelters and Food Pantries exactly when the need for food donations has increased. 

We work in partnership with youth shelters and Neighborhood House to put food on the tables of our most vulnerable community members. 

Since the beginning of the pandemic we have spread 114 tons of organic compost tripling the size of our garden with the help of our volunteers!

We need your help to grow food year round! The ClimaPod greenhouse would help us increase food production to meet the growing epidemic of hunger in our community by growing food year round.  You can help us reach our goal of $6500 by donating through PayPal or our Facebook! Thank you for helping end hunger and suffering in our community! Your donation is tax deductible. We believe that access to healthy food is a right, not a privilege.

To supplement the fresh produce we donate we have added a large flock of chickens enabling us to donate over 12,000 eggs over the coming year! 

Our greatest need is for volunteers to help in our garden. Sunflower Farm is conveniently located on a one acre parcel in Southwest Portland.  If you would like to lend a hand with harvesting, planting, weeding or mulching garden pathways please call or text 503 341-6878. We are open seven days a week and provide gloves and tools. No gardening experience is needed, we will teach you how to grow healthy, delicious organic fruit and vegetables. 

You can also help by donating on our website using PayPal or on our Faceboook Page at Focus on Youth. Thank you!

Don’t forget to support Focus on Youth this holiday season! Select Focus on Youth via Amazon Smile to turn a percentage of your purchases into a donation.

A special thank you to Energy 350 and for donating a poly-tunnel greenhouse and constructing it at Sunflower Farm so Focus on Youth students can grow food year round!

Focus on Youth is transforming the lives of thousands of homeless youth using sustainable gardening and photography!

Since 2003, Focus on Youth has provided hands-on-learning, sustainable gardening, healthy cooking classes, science and photography classes and mentoring for over 16,000 at-risk and homeless youth.    Hunger in Oregon has spiked 18% in the last two years, and one in five homeless youth report going hungry each week.   Our program, Seeds of Hope is decreasing food insecurity and improving nutrition for homeless youth by teaching them where food comes from, how to grow food through hands-on activities, and the importance of eating fresh produce.

Our students grew over a ton of organic fruit and vegetables, plus they donated thousands of pounds of produce to low-income seniors through the Neighborhood House food pantry.  Seeds of Hope connects youth with nature and the joy of growing their own food while giving them the ability to take on leadership roles within the community by donating food to help low-income seniors and families.

Focus on Youth is fostering community building through our partnerships with non-profits such as New Avenues for Youth, Outside In, Neighborhood House, Community Legacy Program of Our United Villages, Hands on Portland, Portland Service Program and hundreds of community volunteers.


Homeless youth participate in every aspect of the Seeds of Hope program, from building raised cedar garden beds, filling them with compost, planting seeds and seedlings, harvesting and cooking healthy meals on site.   Using digital cameras our students capture the beauty of sunflowers, hummingbirds, colorful produce, garden ponds, dragon flies and the natural beauty of the surrounding wetlands.

You can sponsor a raised garden bed for a homeless youth!
$100 provides a youth with 30 vegetable seedlings
$50 pays for lumber to build a 4′ x 8′ raised bed
$35 pays for frames and plastic to cover the bed during cold weather
Thank you for your tax deductible donation to Focus on Youth!

Join our team of wonderful volunteers!   Call to volunteer (503) 341-6878

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Focus on Youth essay writer students capture the beauty of nature…….

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Exhibits & Events

Visit our exhibit at the Umpqua Bank in Multnomah Village.

A special thank you to Pearl Bakery and Eric Lester who will be hosting a fund raiser for Focus on Youth on February 17, 2015