History

Youth Farm was born in the Lyndale neighborhood of south Minneapolis in 1995. Inspired the the youth that were always around the community gardens in the neighborhood, founder David Brant (alongside Karen Lehman) converted one of those gardens into the 1st Youth Farm in the Twin Cities, a site we still use today. Throughout that first summer, these 10 youth, grew, harvested, and sold produce at two youth-run neighborhood markets.

We have made great strides in our work in the past two decades. We have evolved from an upstart community gardening program in one neighborhood working with 10 youth during the summer into a burgeoning youth development and leadership organization engaging year round programs for over 700 amazing youth leaders in 5 neighborhoods across the Twin Cities.