Youth Farm had a beautiful, sunny Saturday for the latest St. Paul Paint the Pavement project, right next to El Burrito Mercado on St. Paul’s West Side. A dozen volunteers painted a design that one said was going to be a sunset on State Street, between Cesar Chavez Street and Clinton Street on October 8.
“The Youth Farm and Market Project provides year-round, youth development programming for over 500 youths ages 9-18. Their progressive programming model focuses on utilizing experiential education and training, urban agriculture, gardens, and greenhouses to build youth leadership. As youth move through the program, they not only learn basic farming and cooking skills, but also how to work well with others, mentor younger students, and build a sense of community.” From Youth Farm and Market Project puts down new roots in St. Paul’s Frogtown neighborhood
Alice Martin, now a Youth Farm adult staff member and farm intern, said she has been with Youth Farm on the West Side in one role or another for about 10 years, starting when she was just nine years old. The West Side Youth Farm has 8-10 lead staff and “about 60-70 kids,” she said. [More photos below.]