Local artists also attended the community conversation and created a beautiful display of the speakers and their causes.

Minnesota has long been known as a leader in tackling climate change and last night Congresswoman Ilhan Omar lead the way at a community conversation with other environmental leaders regarding environmental justice in our state.

Youth Farm’s North Minneapolis Program Director Marcus Kar was joined by Program LEAD staff member Michael to attend this groundbreaking conversation. Kar makes it a priority to expose all of the Youth Farmers, Program LEAD, and Farm Stewards he works with to the environmental issues surrounding them. Connecting these issues to the work Youth Farm is doing is fundamental. Providing access to urban gardening, fresh and local produce, and quality outdoor youth programming are some of our top priorities. The time is always right to also provide youth the connections they need to link these activities to the environmental justice movement that they are ultimately involving themselves in.

North Minneapolis Program Director, Marcus Kar (left), pictured with Program LEAD, Micheal (center), and environmental justice leader and speaker at last night’s conversation, Tara Houska.