Grow your community with Youth Farm – Join us for a Hoophouse Party!

The South Minneapolis team at Youth Farm would love to see our community at a hoop house party this Sunday April 16th from 1-3 pm. Help us clean up the hoop house and garden, eat food provided by Youth Farm, and spend time in good company.

Where: Youth Farm’s Green Central Hoophouse at Green Central Park. 3416 4th Ave S Minneapolis

When: Sunday April 16th from 1-3 pm

Who: Powderhorn and Central neighborhood residents with the Youth Farm family of teens and staff

 

 

What wind?

The wind was no match for Youth Farm this week as our Minneapolis Team put the plastic on our hoop house at Green Central. We are excited to kick off the growing season early thanks to our partnership with Minneapolis Parks and Recreation and Green Central School.  Special shout out to South Minneapolis Manager Jesus Perez and Hawthorne Organizer Marcus Kar who came in as our “closers” to put the final touches on the hoop house!

 

South Minneapolis Manager Jesus and Hawthorne Organizer Marcus prepare to hoist hoop house plastic over the frame.
School Partnerships Coordinator Jordyn proves that Youth Farm is stronger than the wind as she holds the plastic down.
Jordyn, Jesus, and Farm Steward Zainab wiggle wire it secure!
Almost there!

 

Youth Farm Spring Life

Here are some fun photos from just one week in spring!

Powderhorn Project LEAD Liv with her best Earth Mother impression as she spread cover crop at the newly plowed Baha'i site
Powderhorn Project LEAD Liv with her best Earth Mother impression as she spread cover crop at the newly plowed Baha’i site
New Farm Steward Demetrius practiced bed prepping, seeding, and trellissing snap peas in Lyndale
New Farm Steward Demetrius practiced bed prepping, seeding, and trellissing snap peas in Lyndale
Conservation Corps and Green Central families helped us spread out woodchips
Conservation Corps and Green Central families helped us spread out woodchips
Long time Youth Farmer Javed is excited to have a garden just a block from his home
Long time Youth Farmer Javed is excited to have a garden just a block from his home
Green Central students dancing bare foot in the hot steaming compost
Green Central students dancing bare foot in the hot steaming compost
Beautiful Rosie Bok Choi in the Lyndale School Hoop House.  Not pictured: stir-fry with kohlrabi greens, green onions, and green garlic!
Beautiful Rosie Bok Choi in the Lyndale School Hoop House.
Not pictured: stir-fry with bok choi, kohlrabi greens, green onions, and green garlic!

Green Central Hoop House is Underway

The long awaited Hoop House at Green Central Elementary and Park is finally underway! We’ve installed our ground stakes and put up the hoops. A group of 5th graders helped out during recess to pound in some stakes, and our staff came together to get those hoops up. Next week we’re excited to host our partners from the Conservation Corps to get more done. Next steps include spreading a layer of cardboard and wood chips, installing baseboards, putting in bottom rails, and getting the ends up.

Anyone is welcome to lend us a hand while we’re out there working. We’ll be on site Thursday April 21st 4-7pm, Thursday May 5th 4-7pm, and Thursday May 19th 5-7pm.

A huge shout out to Hashep Seka for all her work making this project possible. Thank you also to the Minneapolis Parks and Rec Board and to Green Central Elementary for their support.

Check out these pictures of the first days:

Jesus and Zainab celebrate getting all the hoops up and secured!
Jesus and Zainab celebrate getting all the hoops up and secured!

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Green Central students helped put in our first stakes
Green Central students helped put in our first stakes

Harvesting Begins

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We’ve begun harvesting lettuce, spinach, and radishes out of the Lyndale hoop house. We cooked up a delicious spanakopita and have been eating salads galore. We’ve been distributing bags of produce to our farm helpers at Lyndale school. We’re creeping up on 50 pounds harvested in the last 2 weeks alone!

Seedlings start the season

The season has begun! Lyndale students have seeded up the hoop house, and our seedlings have sprouted. This spring we are growing leaf lettuce, spinach, radishes, and carrots. We also have a spring greens mix growing to support our soil before growing heirloom summer tomatoes. 

The Taste of Summer

Our first strawberries came in this week! Nothing tastes quite as sweet as those first hand picked berries right out of our farms. It is a joy to share these fruits with our young people, many of whom have never tasted fresh local strawberries.

The week before summer program held another major highlight. Wednesday all of Youth Farm’s Project LEAD joined together to do farm work across the five neighborhoods. In Lyndale we mulched half of our Horn Towers Farm and finished installing a drip irrigation system. Here are a couple photos from the day. See you next week!

West Side Project LEAD Nora slicing up a special Youth Farm cake decorated by her sister, Farm Steward Alice Martin.  
West Side Project LEAD Nora slicing up a special Youth Farm cake decorated by her sister, Farm Steward Alice Martin.
Our newly installed drip irrigation system at Lyndale Elementary's Hoop House
Our newly installed drip irrigation system at Lyndale Elementary’s Hoop House

Schools Out For Summer!

20140606-191047-69047399.jpg   Friday was the last day for Minneapolis students! We celebrated at Lyndale elementary during recess with 60 students coming in to harvest a head of lettuce to take home. Later that night we harvested 14 pounds of radishes with All Stars and then took a field trip to Minnehaha Falls. Happy Summer in the City!

Planting Seeds, Reaping Harvest

Jama and Brynn with 2014's first harvest!
Jama and Brynn with 2014’s first harvest!
Be on the lookout in the neighborhood for groups of young people growing food. Youth Farmers are out and about five days a week in the farms. We are deep in spring cleaning and planting early crops. Before you know it we will have a bounty! Our hoop house at Lyndale School has already produced several pounds of spinach, radishes, and lettuce mix which has gone directly into after school classes making salads.

Chillin’ in the shade eating oranges… SOCC! HAWTHORNE!

Harvested lettuce from the hoop house, so we could attract beautiful mouse…in the church. (Just kidding) watered the green things while we listened to the birds perch. Weeded as much bad guy plants as we can, and we even met a policeman. (He came to our farm!) Flipped the garden beds so the plant’s roots could rest their heads. We all playing drip,drip SPLASH! C’mon you know everyone is having a BLAST! SOCC FARM!!! YOUTH FARM!!!!

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