Midtown Global Market Chili Cook-Off this Saturday

YFMP will be the beneficiary of Midtown Global Market’s Chili Cook Off being held this Saturday from 12 to 2 pm. A $3.00 suggested donation – all of which goes to YFMP! – will get you samples of chili throughout the market. Bring your friends, your family, your neighbors and spread the word. YFMP sure is lucky to have a great partner like the Midtown Global Market! The Market is located at the Corner of E. Lake Street and 10th Ave. S. We hope to see you there this Saturday.

Everybody Loves Cookies!

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Last Friday Lyndale had its second session of programming with LNA’s Latinas de Lyndale en Liderazgo (LLL) program. Through the LLL program Latina women in the Lyndale neighborhood learn community organizing skills through taking action on a community issue. Since its inception last year, Youth Farm has provided quality programming to the women’s children during program sessions.

The group of us had a blast together on Friday night. We played tag at Painter Park, picked up trash around the neighborhood while flyering for a new ESL program, and celebrated Dia de Los Muertos with a potluck and frosting our own colorful sugar cookies.

The program is a great partnership between LNA and Youth Farm and is another example of how we’re building relationships across our hood. At the end of the three and a half hour program all the kids were talking about wanting to come back the next day!

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Mayor Coleman Visits Youth Farm in Frogtown

On Thursday, October 20, Mayor Coleman of St Paul visited Youth Farm in Frogtown.  Mayor Coleman rode the Frogtown circulator to the farm with neighborhood youth from the Boys and Girls Club and the Hallie Q Brown Center as part of the Sprocket’s out-of-school time network Lights on After School event.  Mayor Coleman played a name game with the youth, and planted garlic at the farm.  Over 40 youth attended the event.  Youth played games, harvested greens and radishes, planted fall crops, painted signs, and learned about compost.

Mayor Coleman at the farm in Frogtown

Out of the classroom and into the Farms

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.

Community Shares MN Summer Summit

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YFMP Executive Director Gunnar Liden and Associate Director Amanda Stoelb presented tonight at the Community Shares of MN Summer Summit, facilitating a group of brave volunteers in a 4 minute Iron Chef style salsa competition. The salsa ended up great, and we were excited to share our work with such an engaged crowd.

YFMP is a proud member of Community Shares MN, whose mission is to Create a fair, just and equitable Minnesota. To learn more, check out Community Shares MN Web Site