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Summer Youth Program underway!

Editor's note: North Shore Fellow Mike Syversen sends the following update on how things stand at the beginning of our Summer Youth Program

Hi everyone,
This is an exciting week for us up here on the North Shore. Our summer youth program started this Wednesday. Thirty youth ages 14-17 are starting their work here where they will be farming, participating in farmer’s markets, learning about the food system, social justice, and community development, gaining work experience, and much more. The crew leaders, assistant crew leaders, and staff who lead the youth have created a program that is bound to have an impact on the lives of the youth. We’re excited for the joys and challenges that the youth will bring. We know they will have a great experience!

This Monday was our third Lynn CSA pickup day, and everything on that front is running smoothly. It is great to see the members each week and know the food we provide them with has been harvested from our farm that same day. Getting to chat with the members about the produce and what they do with it is a highlight of the week.

This Thursday will be our second farmer’s market here in Lynn. The first market last week went great. It was amazing to see farmers, interns, and other staff working together to provide people with food they need. The diversity of customers and overall atmosphere of the marketplace was awesome to see. It was nice to know that everyone, including SNAP and WIC customers was able to have access to fresh produce that may not always be usually accessible. It will be exciting to see the rush of people we are expecting for the second market this week.

This week seems like it will be the true kickoff to the summer. Between the heat, SYP starting and the farmer’s market getting busy, it seems to officially be summer!

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