On the Youth Farm: what makes us tick

Youth Farm teens in the wash shed
On the farm. We had another fantastic week thanks to about thirty hard working Youth Homes teens. These kids make the farm tick.

On Mondays the Youth Farm is staffed by the Tom Roy Home kids, a.k.a the Youth Farm employees. This year we have five employees that are truly rocking the Youth Farm show.  These young people are the core team, working hard all week long.

Tuesday the farm is visited by the Attention Home. These great young people join the crew and head out into the fields at 9am and work on any and all necessary jobs until our 12:30 lunch hour. To prepare lunch Mikey, our Youth Farm Campus Compact Corp member, gathers a crew of teens to put together a fantastic meal for the whole work crew (typically 12-16 people).

Wednesdays the Talbot Girls Home and the Talbot Boys Home come out to the farm for a super productive afternoon shift. Thursdays the Radtke Home for Boys joins the team for another big day full harvesting, getting stuff done, and of course lunch. These kids make the farm happen from seed to harvest.

Youth Farm Crew

What’s growing and getting harvested this week on the farm: Expect to find lots of veggies like chard, spinach, salad mix, Chinese cabbage, kohlrabimustard greens, scallions, mini broccoli, tatsoi, radishes, carrots, garlic scapes, peas and radicchio!  A few newcomers should be expected soon, until then enjoy these lovely spring greens as they will soon be gone for the season especially as the July heat rolls in.  Also don’t forget to come pick some strawberries in our awesome patch! One other reminder about your lightly used plastic shopping bags. I’m sure you all save them, we can reuse them so bring them by, we greatly appreciate them. Thanks!

Youth Farm teen displays strawberries

A recipe. Everyone has come to love kale chips, but what about chard chips….

Spicy Chard Chips. Preheat the oven to 275 degrees F. Remove the stem and rip chard into 2-inch pieces. Put leaves on a baking sheet and toss with extra-virgin olive oil. You want to have a single layer of chard on the pan.  Season with kosher salt, garlic powder, and chile powder. Bake for 15 minutes, then turn leaves over and bake for an additional 15 minutes. Super easy and fun and kids will love them!

If you would like more information about the Youth Farm and our goings-on, please check us out at www.gardencityharvest.org and www.Youthhomes.com, and check out more blog posts!