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Introducing Sustainable Food Production to Buffalo Youth: The Massachusetts Avenue Project

By Claire Collie For over fourteen years, Massachusetts Avenue Project’s (MAP) Growing Green program on Buffalo’s west side has employed young people, teaching them how to grow food and make positive changes in our local food system. The organization began as a single lot community garden, and has grown to an urban farm spanning 13 lots, … Read More

Agriculture Career Day Exposes Teens to Diverse Fields

Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, Cornell University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and Cornell Cooperative Extension team up to host 2017 Building the Agricultural Intellect of the Finger Lakes Youth Career Day. By RJ Anderson From dairy robotics and precision farming technology to the chemistry of wine making and integrated pest management, jobs in agriculture … Read More

A Frosty Night from a Young Farmer’s Perspective

Every spring, all farmers struggle with frost and jump through hoops trying to keep their farm safe; and that’s exactly what this small, family run produce farm in New Jersey did. by Lianna Bonacorsi Just about eight years ago, my family had outgrown our tiny house in Trenton, New Jersey with the birth of my … Read More

Youth Loans for Weeks

The Weeks children support the family farm with USDA Farm Service Agency Youth Loan projects amidst tragedy. written by Devon Kenny, edited by John Flocke The Weeks farm is a typical upstate NY family run farm.  There’s mom Dawn riding herd over daughter’s Sarah (22) and Carrie (15) and sons Jeffrey (17) and Samuel (11).  … Read More

Edible Schoolyard NYC: “Thank You Gardeners, Thank You Cooks!”

by Annette Slonim Established in 2010, Edible Schoolyard NYC is a nonprofit organization committed to bringing the vision of Alice Waters, acclaimed restaurateur and organic food pioneer, to New York City public schools as an effective solution to our childhood obesity crisis. When Alice Waters created the first Edible Schoolyard in Berkeley, California in 1995, … Read More

My Bookend Internships

The summer of 2013 brought me to two farms on completely opposite ends of the dairy farm spectrum. By William Mathew Cain Growing up on a Connecticut angus farm seemed wonderful until I joined 4H and saw all the excitement of my new dairy farm buddies. I wanted what they had.  My first show heifer … Read More

I Love New York Agriculture Art & Writing Contest

Each year, NYAITC and New York Farm Bureau sponsor an opportunity for Pre-K through middle school students across the state to discover where food comes from and why agriculture is important. The contest is divided by grade level, and each level has a specific topic to create a piece of art, poem, or narrative related … Read More

Internships are Rewarding for Students and Farms

by Nancy Glazier SUNY Cobleskill student Jessica Pfiel wanted to learn about calving on a beef operation, she got that and more on her recent internship. SUNY Cobleskill student Jessica Pfiel wanted to learn about calving on a beef operation. She has a few cattle at home, but wanted more hands-on experience with that part … Read More

Horse Connections

The Youth Pages are written by and for young people. We believe there’s a bright future for young farmers in the Northeast. Whether you live on a farm or only wish you did, we’d love to hear from you! by Haley Claes When I started taking lessons at 8 years old, my instructor, Marsha Douglass, … Read More

The Next Generation of Small Farmers

4H teens learn about the hard work and creativity needed to run a successful small farm during Career Exploration Days on the Cornell University Campus. by Emaleigh Perry Each summer, 4H teens across New York visit the Cornell University campus to explore academic fields and career exploration, develop leadership skills, and get hands-on experience in … Read More

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