Week of June 14th

The Tomatillos Times!
A Weekly Newsletter of the West Side Youth Farm and Market Project
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 Project currently works in 3 neighborhoods in the Twin Cities, Lyndale and Powderhorn in Minneapolis, and the West Side of St. Paul. 60 West Side youth attend our 8-week summer program where they experience healthy relationships with peers and adults and contribute to their West Side community while they continue to develop into young leaders.

From our garden to your kitchen!
A Youth Farm recipe using this week’s produce

Wilted Beet and Greens Salad with Orange Vinaigrette
(Adapted from Harmony Valley Farm’s CSA) 1 bunch beets with green tops (or just green tops) 8 oz Spinach Dressing: 2 tsp orange zest cup orange juice 4 tbsp red wine vinegar 2 garlic scapes 2 tbsp parsley 1 tsp salt cup olive oil Directions: Remove greens from beets and save Place beets in a roasting pan with a little oil, salt and pepper and water to cover bottom of pan. Cover with foil and bake at 350 until beets can be easily pierced with a fork (between 20 and 40 minutes depending on beet size) While they cook make the dressing by blending all ingredients Remove beet stems from greens and slice into 1 inch pieces. Heat them in a sauce pan with a bit of oil and garlic scapes Rinse beet tops and spinach and add to the sauté pan, cover till greens are just wilted. Add dressing and enjoy!

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 prepare for them! Project LEAD: is our year long internship and employment program for young adults ages 14-18. During the school year, these interns learn youth development and job skills while planning the gardens and other aspects of our summer program. During the 8-week summer program, Project LEADers become the staff working with garden and focus groups of youth ages 9-13 teaching them garden and social skills, planning games and Fun Fridays, and being mentors to our younger participants. Adult Summer Staff: Each spring Youth Farm recruits a diverse and talented crew of adults (many from the West Side) to work as garden group leaders and focus group leaders. This year’s crew includes a hip hopper, break dancer, and former Youth Farmer, a chef, a former Project LEAD, and other energetic, mentors that have been gearing up for 6 weeks to meet all of our Youth Farmers. The West Side Youth Farm is proud to boost that our staff include young adults that were youth in the program and that the majority of our new staff hires are West Siders or strongly connected to the West Side community! Together we have participated in a 6-week staff training program that includes topics such as conflict mediation, cooperative learning, and garden trainings. We have planned our fantastic focus groups (extreme sports, cooking, All Stars, and dance) and we 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 second day of summer programming, spend some time meeting the staff and walking through the (hopefully weed free) gardens! To add to our summer program we are looking for volunteer garden support and Summer Guest Chefs! Please contact Amanda to spend some time with our youth!
Community Partner Highlight Cherokee Park United Church Mission: 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 always celebrated the dignity and joyful diversity of all God’s creation. Therefore, we declare Cherokee Park United Church to be an inclusive, multicultural, antiracist, justice-seeking, environmentally responsible community of faith. We seek a new humanity where sexual orientation, age, gender, culture or differing abilities are no longer a barrier to our living in just relationship. Youth Farm’s summer kitchen is located at CPUC. Stop by at 371 W Baker to see what the Youth Farm chefs are cooking!

What are you making in your kitchen with your Youth Farm veggies? Share you recipes for our Youth Farm West Side “yearbook”. Drop the recipes