Last week four Youth Farm neighborhoods hosted over 90 first-year Macalester students for “Into the Streets,” a day of community service for new students. It was the most volunteers to ever descend on Youth Farm in one day! Across our Minneapolis and St. Paul farm sites students were building farms, harvest produce, and putting beds to rest for the winter. Our sincerest gratitude to Macalester College’s Civic Engagement Center for organizing the event and being great supporters of YFMP. Below are a few photos of a group farming in Hawthorne.
On Saturday, August 27, Youth Farm broke ground on its newest farm site in the Frogtown neighborhood in St Paul. Volunteers from the community and friends of Youth Farm worked together to dig and plant. Early this week, the first seeds sprouted!
Questions about the farm or program opportunities in Frogtown can be directed to Beth Ringer, Frogtown Program Director, at 651-325-6550 or email@example.com
Youth Farm is ready to break ground on a new farm site in Frogtown! On Saturday, August 27, from 9:00am to noon, Youth Farm will host a work day for community members and volunteers to come out and help build a farm. The farm is located at 501 Lafond Avenue in St Paul, at the corner of Lafond and Mackubin (across the street from the Church of St Agnes.) Everyone is invited to attend this event to help start the new farm and make the space beautiful!
We are excited to announce Beth Ringer as our first Frogtown Program Director. Beth began working with YFMP in 2010 by doing a year of service through the St. Joseph’s Worker Program. She is a skilled Youth Worker (as the youth in Lyndale and Powderhorn will attest to) with a passion for community centered youth work. Prior to her work at YFMP, Beth worked in a variety of Youth Programs, as well as the “Campus Kitchens Project” at Augsburg College. Originally from Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, she is a honors graduate of Augsburg College with a Bachelors’ Degree in Music. YFMP is lucky to have Beth on board leading the charge in one of our two new neighborhood programs. She officially starts on July 1st, and will be spending this summer organizing the beginning efforts in Frogtown, apprenticing/training in our current neighborhoods, and building strong connections with youth, families, and community partners in Frogtown. Beth can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or 651.325.7453, as she is excited to start to connect with Frogtown neighbors.
We have some exciting news to share! With 16 years of experience as our foundation, Youth Farm and Market Project (YFMP) has spent the last two years documenting, naming, and connecting the most successful and effective elements of our work to outcome based research. We are now poised for the next stage of impact, serving additional neighborhoods and extending our programming to build leadership in a next generation of food advocates.
We are thrilled to announce expansion to two neighborhoods: Hawthorne in North Minneapolis and Frogtown in St. Paul. The expansion is possible with funding from the St. Paul Foundation, the General Mills Foundation, SUPERVALU Foundation, along with several other grant awards, and with support from neighborhood partners including Beacons Minneapolis in the Hawthorne area and Frogtown Gardens located in the Frogtown area.
Expansion work began this spring in the Hawthorne Neighborhood and will begin in the Frogtown Neighborhood this summer. The outcomes of this expansion will include:
- 300 additional youth each year will be engaged in summer and after school programs in these two neighborhoods by 2014, including all aspects of the YFMP program model (Youth Farmers, All Stars, and Project LEAD) for youth ages 9-18.
- Employment for 20 additional Project LEAD staff (ages 14-18) as well as expanding YFMP’s work to YFMP graduates ages 19-24 as Farm Specialists, a role that will allow for an increased focus on employment, leadership, and micro-enterprise from within these urban communities.
- Produce grown in these 2 neighborhoods through YFMP programming will reach at least 100 residents in each neighborhood. All farming, harvesting, and distribution efforts will be guided by youth-led action research around food needs in each community.
Enrollment for youth that live in these neighborhoods has begun in Hawthorne and will begin in Frogtown by July 1 of this summer. If you live in one of these neighborhoods and want to learn more about participating or volunteering, please visit the YFMP website, http://youthfarm.net/employment-volunteering/ or contact YFMP Associate Director, Amanda Stoelb at email@example.com. To learn more about supporting YFMP’s expansion efforts, contact Executive Director, Gunnar Liden, firstname.lastname@example.org.