We’re excited to announce that Hawthorne Neighborhood has hired its first three Project LEAD youth! (Learn more about Youth Farm’s Project LEAD program) In addition to helping plan the farm sites, plan and host community events, and work with younger youth on gardening and cooking skills, these three youth will play an important role in shaping the future of Youth Farm in Hawthorne Neighborhood.

The Hawthorne LEAD attended a recent Project LEAD retreat with other Youth Farm Project LEAD from across the Twin Cities in Osceola, WI. At this retreat, Project LEAD from across the city came up with concrete steps towards addressing food justice in their neighborhoods. In addition to planning and helping plan the farms in Hawthorne, this spring, the Hawthorne Project LEAD will be working to develop a food distribution plan for the fruit and vegetables grown at Youth Farm.

Last Thursday, Hawthorne Project LEAD and All-Stars also helped prepare a community meal for families at Nellie Stone Johnson Community School. In all, Project LEAD and All-Stars helped cook and serve meals to over 150 parents and children as part of the Meals for Minds food distribution!

We have a busy spring ahead of us as we prepare for our first full summer of Youth Farm programming, but we are excited about the possibilities for our youth as we transition into this next phase of Youth Farm programming in Hawthorne neighborhood.