Youth Corps Project Portfolio

Burfiend Barn Historic Restoration, Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore

During the summer of 2017, SEEDS Youth Corps worked with Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore on the historic Burfiend Barn. The Burfiend Barn is a popular destination during the Port Oneida Fair, where visitors get a glimpse of local pioneer life in the 1800's.

The crew was kept busy all summer rebuilding the floor, replacing structure timbers, and putting in new joist beams. 






Boardwalk Construction

Supporting the land stewardship work of the Grand Traverse Conservation District, in 2017 SEEDS Youth Corps built a 1200 foot segment of new boardwalk in the Miller Creek Nature Reserve. This boardwalk was constructed from locally harvested Black Locust, an aggressive tree often considered an invasive species that also happens to be naturally rot resistent and the perfect material for outdoor use and in sensitive ecosystems. 

Riparian Restoration

Again working with the Grand Traverse Conservation District and their partners, SEEDS Youth Corps helped with the restoration of Kids Creek, providing labor to help clear and replant the buffer zone around the section of this tributary near Munson Hospital. 

Sara Hardy Farmers Market, Traverse City Downtown Development Authority

Did you know that the SEEDS Youth Corps also manages Traverse City's downtown Farmers Market for the Downtown Development Authority? This growers market runs seasonally from May through October each year. SEEDS recruits Youth Corps members especially from the TBAISD's Career Tech Center Agri-Science programs, seeking students and recent graduates who are interested in careers in agriculture related industries. At the Farmers Market, Corpsmembers learn marketing by providing services to the farmer/producer vendors who are selling directly to customers.