Week of June 14
A Weekly Newsletter of the West Side Youth Farm and Market Project
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rom our garden toyour kitchen!
Youth Farm recipe using this week’s produce
ilted Beet and GreensSalad with OrangeVinaigrette
(Adapted from HarmonyValley Farm’s CSA)bunch beets with greenops (or just green tops)oz Spinachressing:tsp orange zest cup orange juicetbsp red wine vinegargarlic scapestbsp parsleytsp salt cup olive oilirections:emove greens from beetsnd savelace beets in a roastingan with a little oil, saltnd pepper and water toover bottom of pan. Coverith foil and bake at 350ntil beets can be easilyierced with a forkbetween 20 and 40 minutesepending on beet size)hile they cook make theressing by blending allngredientsemove beet stems fromreens and slice into 1 inchieces. Heat them in aauce pan with a bit of oilnd garlic scapesinse beet tops and spinachnd add to the sauté pan,over till greens are justilted.dd dressing and enjoy!
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The Youth Farmers are coming the Youth Farmers are coming!Next week 60 youth from the West Side will descend upon the gardens to play,harvest, bike, dance, and learn. Here is a look at what we have been doing to preparefor them!Project LEAD: is our year long internship and employment program for young adultsages 14-18. During the school year, these interns learn youth development and jobskills while planning the gardens and other aspects of our summer program. Duringthe 8-week summer program, Project LEADers become the staff working with gardenand focus groups of youth ages 9-13 teaching them garden and social skills, planninggames and Fun Fridays, and being mentors to our younger participants.Adult Summer Staff: Each spring Youth Farm recruits a diverse and talented crew ofadults (many from the West Side) to work as garden group leaders and focus groupleaders. This year’s crew includes a hip hopper, break dancer, and former YouthFarmer, a chef, a former Project LEAD, and other energetic, mentors that have beengearing up for 6 weeks to meet all of our Youth Farmers. The West Side Youth Farmis proud to boost that our staff include young adults that were youth in the programand that the majority of our new staff hires are West Siders or strongly connectedto the West Side community!Together we have participated in a 6-week staff training program that includes topicssuch as conflict mediation, cooperative learning, and garden trainings. We haveplanned our fantastic focus groups (extreme sports, cooking, All Stars, and dance) andwe have filled our brains with piles of fun activities and games! We are excited for you all to meet us. Next week’s CSA pick-up will be at the conclusion of our secondday of summer programming, spend some time meeting the staff and walking throughthe (hopefully weed free) gardens!
To add to our summer program we are looking for volunteer garden support andSummer Guest Chefs! Please contact Amanda to spend some time with our youth!
Youth Farm and Market Project provides year-round, youth development programming for youths ages 9– 18, utilizing experiential education and training, urban agriculture, gardens and greenhouses. We build youth leadership through planting, growing, preparing, and selling food. Youth Farm and Market Projectcurrently works in 3 neighborhoods in the Twin Cities, Lyndale and Powderhorn in Minneapolis, and theWest Side of St. Paul.60 West Side youth attend our 8-week summer program where they experience healthy relationshipswith peers and adults and contribute to their West Side community while they continue to develop into young leaders.
Community Partner Highlight
Cherokee Park United Church
Cherokee Park United Church is called to a life of compassionate justice and to embody the boundless love of Jesus. We confess that communities of faith have not alwayscelebrated the dignity and joyful diversity of all God’s creation.Therefore, we declare Cherokee Park United Church to be aninclusive, multicultural, antiracist, justice-seeking,environmentally responsible community of faith. We seek a newhumanity where sexual orientation, age, gender, culture ordiffering abilities are no longer a barrier to our living in justrelationship.
Youth Farm’s summer kitchen is located at CPUC. Stop byat 371 W Baker to see what the Youth Farm chefs arecooking!