Thanks to Schwan’s Corporate Giving Foundation for their Bold Support of Youth Farm

Dimitrios Smyrnios, CEO of Schwan’s Company announces a new charitable partnership with Minnesota-based non-profit Youth Farm. Smyrnios presents Gunnar Liden of Youth Farm a $150,000 financial donation from Schwan’s Corporate Giving Foundation at U.S. Bank Stadium on Thursday, Sept. 14, 2017, in Minneapolis. (Andy Clayton-King/AP Images for Schwan’s Company) (PRNewsfoto/Schwanís Company)

We were beyond honored to receive support from the Schwan’s Corporate Giving Foundation last night at Schwan’s Feast on the Field event, a celebration in partnership with the Minnesota Super Bowl Host Committee to honor the people, the food and the cultural traditions that distinguish the Bold North, as well as a celebration of Schwan’s Company’s 65th Anniversary and their commitment to the community. We look forward to our partnership and utilizing these resources to do great work and support amazing youth leaders in the Twin Cities!

Youth Farm!

As the weather starts to get colder (sort of), it is nice to have reasons to think back to the awesome summer we had this year at Youth Farm. We were honored to have Jeffrey Zupfer, a Youth Farm parent and West Side resident, come and work with some of our Youth Farmers and produce a short video and song for Youth Farm. We are so very thankful to Jeff and all the West Side Youth Farmers for putting together a great video and song.

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!

Thanks to Congressman Keith Ellison for visiting Youth Farm 

Our Lyndale Youth Farm enjoyed hosting Congressman Keith Ellison on Friday night at their Lyndale School Farm. In addition to touring the Congressman around their farm and sampling their produce, they talked to the Congressman about food policy, college aspirations, and their favorite vegetables. We really appreciate the Congressman taking time to visit, ask great questions, and engage our young leaders at Youth Farm.

Farm in the Cities 2015


If you got your tickets to this years Farm in the Cities Event this year, consider yourself lucky! Surly Brewing Co. is hosting this years event and it’s going to be a blast!

Not only is there going to be a chance to meet some local farmers, eat some great food paired with some awesome brews, but there are a whole list of excellent raffle and live auction prizes!  There are gift cards from Meritage, The Buttered Tin, Pizzeria Lola, just to name a few raffle items AND live auction items to include a cocktail lesson for two from Bittercube, a tour of the new Tattersall Distillery with cocktails to follow, or a 4 day/3 night stay at the Dooley Cottage on Madeline Island.  Whew!

Thanks to Surly Brewing Co. Chef Jorge Guzman, and Chefs from Tilia, The Bachelor Farmer, Sea Change, Red Table Meat Co., Heirloom, Travail, Lowry Hill Meats, Marin, Birchwood Cafe, and Chow Girls for putting this event together!

“Neatest little story of Last Week’s All-Star Game”

Columnist Neal St. Anthony of the Star Tribune shared an article today highlighting Youth Farm’s contributions to MLB’s All-Star Game last week, Full Story Here.

Youth Farm and Urban Roots sold our youth created locally sourced “Roots for the Home Team” salads last week at the Futures Game, Home Run Derby, and Tuesday’s All-Star Game. Here’s a link to the story and some additional photos.

Youth Farmer’s were happy to showcase their Tic-Tac Taco Salad and to meet Amy Klobuchar and R.T Rybak. Special thanks to Susan Moores for all her work to get Roots at such a great event.

Amy Klobuchar West Side Youth Roots Crew
Amy Klobuchar West Side Youth Roots Crew

Hawthorne Crew and R.T. Rybak

Mela Harvesting Raspberries
Mela Harvesting Raspberries

Youth Farm partners with urbanNATURES

urbanNATURES LogoWe are really excited to announce our partnership with urbanNATURES Jewelry company. Like most partnerships, our somewhat seemingly random partnership started with a phone call and a Minnesota connection, but provides Youth Farm a unique opportunity to expand our reach. As they describe their company, “Created to be artistic, eclectic and authentic, every urbanNATURES design is carefully handcrafted with the highest level of workmanship and quality. We support community initiatives, and are proud to say that most of our products are handmade by local artisans in the USA.” They have a strong commitment to community service and hope, and will be donating 15% of their proceeds to Youth Farm indefinitely, highlighting our work on their website blog, and providing opportunities for Youth Farm to extend our reach. If you want to check out their jewelry or learn more about our partnership, check out

Youth Farm recognized as one of the 15 most impactful food orgs in MN

IMG_0375Youth Farm is honored to be named one of the top 15 most impactful food organizations in Minnesota in the latest MN Sights Magazine, and highlighted as one of the only Youth focused organizations on the list. All of us at Youth Farm take our role as healthy food growers, distributors, cookers, and eaters seriously. All of these roles within our neighborhoods are important roles of stewardship that should not be seen as isolated from community, but integrated into all that we do and who we are. Come visit one of our sites this summer and check it out in action.