Like many Youth Farmers, Jack found his way to the garden by following the footsteps of his older brother. It was nearly 10 years ago when I met the 9 year old version of Jack. He had very long hair and was full of energy, the kind of energy that got him chosen first for […]
Caleb has been part of the Youth Farm family for at least five years, and always brings his passion for cooking and dedication to teaching youth farmers. He is a great role model to the younger folks and supports them in any way. He is always having fun and being dedicated to the things he […]
Being a LEAD at Youth Farm is a big responsibility. You are charged with modeling community, farm skills, and empathy to young people who are molding their values and developing their interests. Even though Yasmin was young herself at fourteen beginning as LEAD who also had skills to learn, has been such a star. Yasmin explored beyond the […]
When I think about Youth Farm, I think about youth development, community connection, and food access. It interesting, as a staff you aim to support and shape youth experience. I have worked with Youth Farm as a staff and had the opportunity to support Mimi in learning how to grow vegetables, how solve an argument with a friend, […]
As spring is finally upon us, not only does that mean that our farms will soon be blooming with vegetables and bustling with Youth Farmers, but also that for a number of our Project LEAD participants, they are graduating High School and entering their last summer at Youth Farm. While we will be sad to […]
Here are some fun photos from just one week in spring!
We held our south Minneapolis Project LEAD retreat last month in Knife River, just north of Duluth. It was a long trip in the van, but we had an incredible time bonding and building our team. The definite highlight was bushwhacking through a forest and walking on the ice covered river. We have a brave crew!
We occasionally do a simple and fun reflection activity in our classes called Snapshot where each member of the group shares a moment of the day where if they had a camera they would have taken a picture. It’s been a busy fall for us at Youth Farm as we go through several transitions, and […]
Over the last couple weeks Yasmin, Project LEAD, has been a vital part of harvesting and distributing Lyndale produce. With her help we’ve been able to pick hundreds of pounds of fresh food for our Youth Farm families and our neighborhood. Yasmin is going into her senior year and has been part of Youth Farm […]
The highlight of our week was that our former staff and well-loved friend Antonio has returned to us for the week. Last winter, Antonio had to leave his position as a Project LEAD to move with his family to Red Wing. He has been sorely missed by everyone in Hawthorne. This week he has returned […]