Fill up your Grocery Cart: Give to the Max today

By now, our guess is that you have been overwhelmed by “Give to the Max” emails and requests. The culture of giving in Minnesota is wonderful, and the choices are vast, and we hope that you understand the impact your gift will make at YFMP.

Click HERE to fill up your Give to the Max Grocery Cart with Reliable Transportation, hundreds of strong youth leaders, and over 11,000 lbs. of local produce by supporting YFMP (Don’t miss the new VIDEO on the GiveMN Page).

Thank you in advance for supporting our efforts in Building a Youth Led Food Movement in the Twin Cities.

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Gunnar Liden, Executive Director

Midtown Global Market Chili Cook-Off this Saturday

YFMP will be the beneficiary of Midtown Global Market’s Chili Cook Off being held this Saturday from 12 to 2 pm. A $3.00 suggested donation – all of which goes to YFMP! – will get you samples of chili throughout the market. Bring your friends, your family, your neighbors and spread the word. YFMP sure is lucky to have a great partner like the Midtown Global Market! The Market is located at the Corner of E. Lake Street and 10th Ave. S. We hope to see you there this Saturday.

Powderhorn Youth Farm celebrates Food Day!

While everyday at Youth Farm is a “food day,” Monday also happened to be Food Day everywhere! Food Day, sponsored by the Center for Science in the Public Interest, “Seeks to bring together Americans from all walks of life…to push for healthy, affordable food produced in a sustainable, humane way.” The Powderhorn Youth Farm spent their evening class on Monday celebrating Food Day, all without leaving their neighborhood.

First we visited Oakland Farm neighbors Derek and Aaron to check out the clay oven that they have graciously offered us to use this week to make wood-fired pizzas made with local ingredients.

Youth Farmers learning about clay ovens

From there we walked to Oakland Farm where we had snacks, played games, and made our Food Day poster.

Lastly we walked across the street to Park Ave United Methodist Church, which was hosting a major Food Day event sponsored by the City of Minneapolis. Youth Farmers broke off into groups to talk to Food Day attendees- including neighbors, city officials, and more- about what role healthy food plays in our lives.


Food Day was a wonderful chance to connect with our neighbors to talk about and celebrate healthy food. A big thanks to all the Youth Farmers and community members who turned out to make Food Day in our community a success!

Youth Farm Builds a New Farm in Frogtown

Youth Farm is ready to break ground on a new farm site in Frogtown!  On Saturday, August 27, from 9:00am to noon, Youth Farm will host a work day for community members and volunteers to come out and help build a farm.  The farm is located at 501 Lafond Avenue in St Paul, at the corner of Lafond and Mackubin (across the street from the Church of St Agnes.)  Everyone is invited to attend this event to help start the new farm and make the space beautiful!

West Side YFMP are Compost Cup Champions

If you missed the presentation of the much coveted “Compost Cup” at the Lyndale Harvest Festival on Wednesday, you missed your chance to see how excited youth can be about Compost. The West Side YFMP won the Cup this year with a compost temperature of 142 degrees. Come celebrate with the at our last neighborhood Harvest Festival tonight, August 12th, from 5:30 – 7:30. Here is a video of the winning moment, and the Compost King and Queen from the West Side accepting their trophy.

Powderhorn Harvest Festival

Many of you know how great the Youth Farmers are at growing vegetables, but did you know that Youth Farm can rock the Brazilian Drums? Well, thats what you missed if you weren’t at the Powderhorn Harvest Festival Thursday night. Here’s a video of the Youth Farm Brazilian Drumming Focus Group performing at the Harvest Festival.

In addition to the great drumming, the Powderhorn Youth Farm made amazing food for over 300 people and performed a Heart of the Beast Puppet show, YFMP style. Thanks to all those who came. Friday night is our last Harvest Fest on the West Side of St. Paul.

Images from Lyndale Harvest Festival

Here are a few images from a great Lyndale Harvest Festival Wednesday night. What a HUGE crowd. The food was excellent, music was great, and we couldn’t be more proud of the Lyndale Youth Farm.





Harvest Festivals August 10, 11, and 12!

YFMP Harvest Festivals

This is one of the most exciting times of year at YFMP. Our summer programs have been amazing and are heading towards their conclusion. One of the great culminating events at YFMP is our neighborhood Harvest Festival. If you have never been to one, this is the place to get a true sense of what YFMP is, who the youth are, and what impact they are making in their communities. Each one of our established neighborhood programs hosts a Harvest Festival with a free community meal (which is a feast of the best lunches cooked throughout the summer), recognitions of youth, and performances from different youth focus groups. Consider yourself, and all your friends and family invited. We hope to see you there.

Lyndale Neighborhood Harvest Festival

When:    Wednesday, August 10th – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Where:    Zion Lutheran Church, 128 W. 33rd St.

Powderhorn Neighborhood Harvest Festival

When:     Thursday, August 11th – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Where:    Powderhorn Park Building 3400 15th Ave S.

West Side Neighborhood Harvest Festival

When:    Friday, August 12th – 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Where:    Baker Recreation Center 209 W. Page St.

Community Shares MN Summer Summit


YFMP Executive Director Gunnar Liden and Associate Director Amanda Stoelb presented tonight at the Community Shares of MN Summer Summit, facilitating a group of brave volunteers in a 4 minute Iron Chef style salsa competition. The salsa ended up great, and we were excited to share our work with such an engaged crowd.

YFMP is a proud member of Community Shares MN, whose mission is to Create a fair, just and equitable Minnesota. To learn more, check out Community Shares MN Web Site