Youthmarket provides great services to the local community and beyond. Families in underserved communities gain increased access to local, farm fresh foods through farm stands staffed by youth in their teens and early twenties who live in the community. Our Youthmarket staff earn well above minimum wage, gain valuable job experience, and learn small business skills.Farmers gain revenues through sales without having to operate a stand for the day.
This season, the Youthmarket added 3 new markets for a total of 14, employed over 60 youth, sold over $134,000 of fresh produce to communities in need, and distributed more than 200,000 lbs of produce. The Youthmarket purchases fresh produce from regional farmers via Greenmarket Co. The creation of sister program Greenmarket Co. allowed the Youthmarket to expand its programming by streamlining the logistics process and utilizing economies of scale. Furthermore, thanks to Greenmarket Co’s. ability to deliver curbside, the Youthmarket was able to create a consulting branch that helps empower community groups to start youth-run farm stands of their own. We have already worked with the Kingsbridge Heights Community Center, and the Brotherhood Sister Sol in establishing their own youth-run farm stands. The Youthmarket also established a “pop-up” market program, where communities, schools, and others can run single day farmers markets in their neighborhoods.
In the 2013 season, the Youthmarket collaborated with 10 different community partner organizations. One of the groups – The Rockaway Youth Task Force, a non-profit that seeks to empower youth through civic engagement and volunteer opportunities – even assisted the Youthmarket
$70,000 in food access benefits like SNAP/WIC were redeemed at Youthmarkets in 2013
Highlight: Kensington Youthmarket
Thanks to the overwhelming support of Council Member Brad Lander, the Youthmarket in Kensington is having its best year to date. The Youthmarket, in its third season, is on track to distribute over 22,000 pounds, sell over $20,000 in produce, and purchase over $12,000 from local farmers. The market employs several youth, and plays host to the Teen Battle Chef program by Family Cook Productions. Every week the teens perform cooking demonstrations for the Kensington community, gaining self-confidence and job skills in the process.
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