Sponsorship Spotlight: Lakewinds Food Co-op

1_LogoThe upcoming Taste of the Farm Dinner would not be possible without the backing of our sponsors.

Please join us in thanking Lakewinds Food Co-op for their support!

Lakewinds Food Co-op has been a supporter of Youth Farm’s summer program for 2 years now and is greatly interested in supporting the healthy eating and cooking aspects of our work. We are excited to have them as a new event sponsor this year for Taste of the Farm.

Learn more about Lakewinds Food Co-op through their website: http://www.lakewinds.com/ and be sure to join them at the Taste of the Farm Dinner September 18th!

Get your tickets here!

Sponsor Spotlight: Tradition Capital Bank

tcb-logo-rgbThe upcoming Taste of the Farm Dinner would not be possible without the support of our sponsors.

Here is a shout out to our lead sponsor – Tradition Capitol Bank.

Tradition Capitol Bank is a longtime Youth Farm supporter; our partnership is 8 years strong and growing! They are always first to jump on board for volunteer opportunities throughout the year and have had a presence on the Youth Farm Board of Directors. Thank you to everyone at Tradition Capital Bank for your ongoing support and engagement in our work!

Learn more about Tradition Capitol Bank through their website: https://www.traditioncapitalbank.com/ and be sure to join them at the Taste of the Farm Dinner September 18th!

Get your tickets here!

Lyndale Cooking Up for Harvest Fest Tonight!


We’re cooking up in the Zion Kitchen for Lyndale’s Harvest Fest TONIGHT! These guys are pulling apart roast chicken to go in enchiladas. Our kitchen assistant Jesse has been using his home recipe to make up a green sauce with Youth Farm grown green tomatoes and tomatillos. See you at the corner of 33rd St and Pillsbury Ave tonight at 5:30!

Harvest Festival special – Get 35% discount on Taste of the Farm tickets through Saturday!

tof logo 1We hope to see many of you at one of our 4 Harvest Festivals either today, Thursday, or Friday. Whether you are able to join us in person or not, Here is a great chance to save on Taste of the Farm tickets.
Between now and Saturday August 13, you can purchase Taste of the Farm Tickets for only $75 (over 35% off)! You can purchase online or if you are attending our Harvest Festivals, our staff will be happy to assist you purchasing on site. 
Taste of the Farm will feature pre dinner drinks from local breweries and distilleries alongside tours of a number of farmsites, a Family style meal by the amazing chefs at Brasa, wonderful raffle prizes, and the always fun Live Auction benefiting our Youth Farm programs. Stay tuned throughout the coming weeks and months as we highlight aspects of the food, auction and fun that will be had at this unique event. Taste of the Farm is a wonderful way to see and experience first hand what the impact of Youth Farm is, all in a relaxed and fun environment.
Purchase your tickets now on our Eventbrite ticket site: https://tasteofthefarm2016.eventbrite.com

Wrapping up the school year farm season with a Garden Party!

Youth Farm and Nellie Stone Johnson 5th Graders from room 127 wrapped up a great school year garden season Tuesday with a garden party! Throughout the school year 5th graders learned seeding and transplanting skills in order to teach the H-5 through 4th graders these skills. As a school, over 250 students planted 30 greenhouse trays in April and the entire school farm in May. Needless to say, the 5th graders had a lot to celebrate. As part of our garden party, Youth Farm was presented with a Garden Book made by the 5th Graders of room 127 and we snacked on rhubarb jam, salad with greens and radishes, and cheddar chive biscuits all made with produce from the farm.

Thanks Nellie Stone for a great school year farm season. At Youth Farm, we are looking forward to summer school and the fall harvest.


The first harvest at Nellie Stone Johnson Farm just in time for the last day of school.
5th Graders hunt for strawberries during the Garden Party.
Hawthorne Farm Stewards and Nellie Stone Johnson Farm Managers Divine and Sergio are presented with the 5th Grade Garden Book.

Help Paint the Lyndale School Mural this Saturday 11am-1pm

Join us this Saturday, May 21st, as we paint the new mural at Lyndale Elementary designed by Greta Alquist and Lyndale students. There will be free food and music, fun activities, and garden planting. The event is 11am to 1pm at Lyndale School, 312 W 34th St. See you there!Community Paint Parties Lyndale flyer Final Flat_ (1)

Yoga for Everyone: A Winter Wellness Event

We are proud supporters of Yoga for Everyone: A Winter Wellness Event presented by MN Yoga + Life Magazine at the Minneapolis Event Center. On February 20th, join us for yoga sampler classes, guided meditation, healing sound bath, healthy cooking demo by Whole Foods head chef, inspiring speakers, mini-massages, shopping, lunch, and more. Great for yogis of all levels!  A portion of the proceeds will benefit Youth Farm MN. Friends of Youth Farm can save 10% when they register before February 3rd. Use promo code: youthfarm10. See http://mnyogamagazine.com/winterwellness to register. Space is limited.


MLK Celebration Coming Up at Powderhorn Park

Come join us at Powderhorn Park’s annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration next Monday the 18th. The event will include performances by neighborhood artists, youth activities, and a lunch including hearty Youth Farm soups made by our Project LEAD. The party is from 11am-2pm at the Powderhorn Park Recreation Center, 3500 15th Ave S. The event is co-hosted with PPNA and the MPRB and more information is available here.

Taste of the Farm Dinner – What a Night!

3 Course Dinner by Brasa featuring produce from Youth Farm

Thanks to everyone who came to our 2nd Annual Taste of the Farm Fundraising Dinner this past Sunday, September 13th at our West Side Farmsite in St. Paul. It was an absolutely beautiful afternoon and evening and we were honored to spend the evening alongside 100 of our closest supporters and friends. We also cannot thank our community of business supporters enough (Brasa, Restaurant Alma, Fulton, Fair State Brewing, Commonroots Cafe, The Wine Company) for their time and effort to help pull off this event seamlessly, as well as our event sponsors (Juut Salon, Tradition Capital Bank, Seward Coop, and Sunrise Banks) and La Puerta Abierta UMC for hosting our event and farm for the past 16 years.

Taste of the Farm Dinner was the beginning of our final push in our Summer Growing Campaign, a season long campaign (May – September) of fundraising and special events to grow our community and sustain our free programming – if you came to Taste of the Farm, thank you for your role in helping us reach our end of year goal, and if you were not able to come, we need your support these last two weeks to end our Fiscal Year strong!

Over the next two week, we need the support of our Youth Farm family – help us raise our final $10,000 to reach our Summer Growing Campaign goal. Support Good Food and Great Young Leaders HERE!

Photos from Taste of the Farm Fundraising Dinner – 2015

Feature Raffle Items for Taste of the Farm Dinner


If you have NOT gotten your tickets to the Taste of the Farm Dinner,  you are going to miss out on a chance to win some great raffle prizes!  We’ve got gift cards from partners like Lakewinds Coop, The Wedge, and Jerrys Foods, not to mention Juut SalonSpa who also sent over a great gift basket!  We’ve also got gift cards from local restaurants such as Sen Yai Sen Lek and Josephs Grill.  There are still some tickets available so get yours HERE and we’ll see you Sunday for a Taste of the Farm!