The Youth Farm Project summer program came to a beautiful end this past Friday (8/24) after seven memorable weeks of becoming good friends, learning about social justice and food system issues, and growing four acres of vegetables. 25 high school age students ranging from 14-18 and eight older coordinators, including our amazing farm manager/educator Ann Piombino, gathered at 9:15 in the barn three days during the week (Tuesday, Thursday, Friday) to work out in the fields to plant, harvest, weed, mulch, trellis, irrigate the crops. And on Wednesdays we gather off the farm to learn and cook food together. 1/4 of which is the U-pick for the Full Plate Collective and the other 3/4 of the farm goes home with youth, goes to Markets, and the majority of the food will go into the Ithaca City School District and the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack Programs (now also at Cayuga Heights Elementary School) once schools start. The Youth Farm Project's Dream is too transition into a full year program where youth can experience the full fall Harvest and can be involved in getting the food into local schools. Because our Mission is to get healthy food into schools for free or at the cost of conventional produce, to provide a place where a diverse group of youth can get to know each other through learning to grow food together, and much more we rely on the support of grants and donations to keep the program going. If you are able to donate please visit the donate tab on our website. And donating isn't the only way to support us: Come find me, Joseph, and Ann on Saturdays from 10am-1pm to learn what were up to and to lend a hand.