"We are so excited to work with Youth Farm as it provides youth development opportunities here in the Twin Cities. By building on farming traditions, Youth Farm is growing tomorrow's leaders."

Phil Hatlie, Senior Loan Officer, Nonprofits Assistance Fund

Youth Farm currently serves over 800 youth a year through summer and school-year programs in 5 Twin Cities communities – Lyndale, Powderhorn, West Side St. Paul, Hawthorne and Frogtown neighborhoods. Youth Farm has evolved from a community gardening program to a youth-led development organization. The youth work for local food access, environmental stewardship, youth empowerment, and advancement of cultural expression. Youth Farmers work the land and grow and prepare food while building intergenerational and cross-cultural relationships. NAF was pleased to provide a bridge loan for grants coming later in the year in support of Youth Farm’s vital programs. Its summer program serves 300 lunches, 3 times a week, to its Youth Farmers, with much of the meals coming from their gardens. About half of the food grown is preserved and used over the winter months in their school programs, plus a grocery bag of food is sent home each week with the Youth Farmers, and some is sold at neighborhood farmers’ markets.