This winter we are very excited to be welcoming Jesus Perez and Zainab Youngmark into roles as south Minneapolis Farm Stewards. As Farm Stewards, Jesus and Zainab are in many ways the face of Youth Farm in our neighborhoods. They will lead all our Youth Farmer and All Stars programs in the Lyndale and Powderhorn programs. You […]
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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 […]
Alexis first heard about Youth Farm from his neighbors Anahi and Josefa. He had just moved in next door to a Youth Farm site, and the two sisters shared with him their experience in Youth Farm. Soon after, he went down the street to visit his cousins and saw a Youth Farm site right across […]
We farm to grow leaders. The core of this youth development work is what we call the Youth Farm Way, in other words our program model and strategies that are built to deliver high quality programming and meaningful outcomes. Taking our mission seriously means engaging in a constant process of improvement, recognizing challenges and developing […]
West Side LEAD are participating in the first ‘651 Youth for Justice’ forum today making great use of their time out of school. We are all currently focusing on identity and the complexities of self, culture, and race. So glad to be here today.
Today, the 4th graders at Nellie Stone Johnson accepted a giant responsibility of taking care of NSJ’s herbs over the winter. They learned about the grow lab lights and how to properly use them. It was easy for them to recall their garden skills from their 3rd grade garden adventures already knowing how important proper […]
At Hawthorne, we’ve had some great fun planning and preparing for summer program and it has finally arrived! Here’s some great shots from staff training and the first day… We bonded. We milked a cow! We hosted a Puppet Show from Open Eye Theatre. We made some breakfasts. And our work paid off! Every Youth […]
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 […]
Last weekend over forty of us Project LEAD, Farm Stewards, and Program Directors gathered from across Youth Farm for intensive training and togetherness. Here are a few snapshots of our winter wonderland!