Mission and Goals

At Youth Farm we utilize food as a catalyst for social change, for community engagement, for leadership development – Food is our tool to change the world. We farm to educate and train through gardens and greenhouses. We cultivate leadership through year round programming focused on planting, growing, preparing and selling the food we grow.

Our mission is simple. We farm to grow.

We farm to grow food.

From raspberries to radishes we seed, plant, grow and harvest our food and bring it to our communities’ forks. We engage youth to provide food access for their peers and to their families through our family CSA, community dinners and other neighborhood events.

We farm to grow community.

We live in and work in the vibrant and diverse Minneapolis neighborhoods of Lyndale, Powderhorn and Hawthorne as well as Frogtown and the West Side neighborhoods of St. Paul. These neighborhoods are amazing, but also face numerous challenges related to food access and quality youth development programming.

We farm to grow leaders.

For us at Youth Farm, this is the most important part of our work. Youth Farm works to engage young people as problem solvers to a variety of systematic problems, from food access to quality education. We are not growing the next generation of farmers, but a cadre of youth leaders who will become amazing teachers, scientists, community organizers, politicians, mothers, fathers, first generation college students, and so much more.