We are excited to introduce Emma Paskewitz as the new West Side Program Director. Emma began her work with YFMP in 2010 as a summer staff in the Lyndale Neighborhood, and was hired as the West Side Program Director in April of 2011. Emma, who graduated from the University of Minnesota last week, has a degree in Chicano Studies. Prior to her work at YFMP, Emma was involved in many youth and community organizing efforts through work at the Minnesota Immigrant Freedom Network. She has also been an active Board Member of La Raza Student Cultural Center at the University of Minnesota. Emma is a fluent Spanish speaker and has received several awards for her community centered work. She served as a Peer Advisor in the Community Service-Learning Center at the University of Minnesota for 5 years. Emma was born and raised in Minneapolis. She has hit the ground running and is excited about meeting as many West Side residents and youth as possible over the next few weeks and months. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651.600.6099
11 years ago today, the West Side of St. Paul YFMP had their first work day to create their initial farmsite. It was cold and wet, but we had a strong group of 10 kids and another 12 community volunteers as we spread 15 yards of compost over a 50’x30′ plot of land into our first West Side farm. Our first summer on the West Side, there was 1 small farm, 3 staff and 15 kids. In 2011, as we move into our 12th year on the West Side, we work with over 300 kids in the neighborhood in both the summer and school year programming, have 5 garden sites, a year round greenhouse, and are strong providers of healthy food to the neighborhood (over 3,000 lbs. last year). It is this kind of long term commitment to the youth of a neighborhood that results in lasting impact. Thanks to all those who have supported our efforts on the West Side and all our other neighborhoods. We look forward to all of our new adventures in the coming decade.
When you hear our name, Youth Farm and Market Project, you might think all we do is grow food, but cooking with youth and families has become such an important part of our work. Check out this article written by Jessica Henrikson in the Minneapolis Examiner.com
YFMP is on the front cover of the Seward Coop’s bi-monthly newsletter. There are some great shots of our microgreen operation in our greenhouse and a short article on what we do. Go check it out here. Aren’t those sprouts pretty.
YFMP staff are collaborating with Gardening Matters, Community Design Center of MN, U of M Landscape Arboretum, and Midwest Food Connection to present about elements of Building Successful Youth Gardens. This 4 hour training will be held on Friday April 1st at Urban Ventures in S. Minneapolis. Please click here to find out more information and how to register.
On Monday the Lyndale Lead were developing an outreach plan for a community food assessment. Here are a couple photos from the meeting, courtesy of Sally Hagler Peterson. More info from the Lead on the project to come…