St. Pete Youth Farm Honors a King
Suncoast Chapter of Jack & Jill of America MLK Weekend Workday at the Farm presenting $1k check for the program
We hope everyone has had a fulling January. It's hard to believe we're coming on the end of the month, but it's also unbelievable how much we've done over these few short weeks of the new year!

We want to thank the Suncoast Chapter of Jack and Jill of America for choosing to kick off their MLK weekend with us at the farm, with over 40 individuals of all ages to help out. They also donated $1,000 to the program along with $500 worth of tools, a wheelbarrow, and gloves!
Thank you Representative Michele Rayner, Bay Area Dream Defenders, DJ Titus, Malik Yakini, Behar Peteranecz employees, students of Shorecrest Preparatory School, Chris & Joni from Sweetwater Organic Community Farm, the ones who always come back, and the others who have just discovered us.

We're also incredibly excited for the progress being made towards our Fresh & Local Greenhouse Project in partnership with USF St. Petersburg Campus. The good folks from Aquasol International are working with us and have dug the holes for the footers. We passed inspection and next week we'll be getting ready to pour concrete and build out!
We followed that Saturday with our 2nd Annual MLK Day of Service on Monday honoring Dr. King. We had an amazing turn out despite the cold weather.

We shelled hundred of peas (left), harvested lots of cassava (yuca - below) and purple sweet potatoes, composted hundreds of gallons of food waste, weeded more beds to get ready for more planting for the Spring season, fed our worms (below), decorated and packaged hundreds of kindness bags for the houseless, and so much more.
We've also kicked off both Guest Chef and People of Influence series in our programming this year with Chef Antonio of Chef Antonio's Blazing Kitchen, as well as Kimani Flemming, recent grad from FAMU. Both shared with our Youth Ambassador their journey and gave of their time freely. We believe wholeheartedly in modeling and exposure when it comes to our young people.
Chef Antonio taught our Ambassadors how to make shrimp fettuccine alfredo from scratch
Kimani Flemming speaking on his experience at FAMU
Farm Updates!
  • 20+ lbs of pigeon peas harvest over one weekend
  • 600 gal of food scraps composted in January to date
  • New compost partner Berry Boss Acai
  • Harvested purple sweet potatoes and cassava in December and January
  • Donation of dozens of bell pepper seedlings from a community member
  • Planted lots of hot peppers, cabbage, cauliflower, mixed salad greens, and broccoli in finished beds
St. Pete Youth Farm
Community Compost

We're launching our new compost program for all our volunteers, visitors, or anyone who wants to divert their food waste towards a good cause. Every last Saturday of the month anyone can drop off food scraps (what we accept is listed to the right). We'll also have drive up drop off at our 12th St entrance. Help us continue to build nutrient rich soil!
January Community Workday & Mural Reveal!
We have another exciting reason to celebrate this month after an eventful MLK Day of Service. After the PSTA bus mural was done for SHINE mural festival last year, we decided to take it a step further and paint the wall facing the farm. Jabari Reeds (iBOMS) has been busy working to get this done for us thanks to the support of The Foundation for a Healthy St. Pete and Mike Jefferies and Rick Craft at St. Petersburg Parks and Recreation for making it possible!

Come out this Saturday,
January 29th from 9am - 11am!
Jabari working on the gorgeous sunflower next the the Starfruit
Black History Community Workday Next Month!
Join us on Feb 26th from 9am - 11am for our Black History Month Workday. This is a family friendly event where everyone of all ages is welcome to take part in cultivating and tending to the land.

There will be art, music and more as well as we celebrate the contributions of Black communities and individuals everywhere, but especially right here in South St. Pete!

The Tampa Bay Collard Green Festival Returns to St. Petersburg next month!
And St. Pete Youth Farm will be there again on Feb 19th from 10am - 5pm. This will be our third year participating in this amazing all day festival, and we always have a lot of fun, especially seeing all of you!
Youth Farm in the News
Our Youth Ambassadors and the work we do was featured on the cover of the Tampa Bay Times on January 14th!
Suncoast Chapter of Jack & Jill of America honors Dr. King through a weekend of service. Read more on The Weekly Challenger...
Look Back at our Kwanzaa Celebration from December!
The first day of Kwanzaa, Umoja, means “unity” in Swahili — so that’s what a community event for the holiday focused on during a Sunday celebration at the St. Pete Youth Farm.

Come Grow With Us!
Want to get more involved?
We have Farm Fridays every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month from 7:30 - 9:30 AM,
as well as our Community Workdays every last Saturday.
Contact us by replying to this email or call us at the phone number below.
Thank you!
St. Pete Youth Farm | 727-565-3930