Youth Farm was born in the Lyndale neighborhood of South Minneapolis in 1995. Inspired by 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 first Youth Farm in the Twin Cities. Throughout that first summer, ten of the neighborhood 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 ten youth during the summer into a burgeoning youth development and leadership organization engaging year-round programs for over 700 amazing youth leaders in three neighborhoods across the Twin Cities.