Minneapolis, MN – The Harold Mezile North Community YMCA, a leading nonprofit dedicated to youth development, healthy living and social responsibility, will bring together local preschoolers to enjoy planting and eating food from the Cargill Greenhouse on its rooftop on Wednesday, June 1.

Youth will have the opportunity to learn more about gardening and nutritious foods such as carrots, dill, parsley, watermelon, peppers, tomatoes, herbs and more that are grown in the Cargill Greenhouse. Partners supporting community education classes in the Cargill Greenhouse and Cargill Teaching Kitchen include: Cargill, Zinpro, Urban Agriculture, DIG Lab, All Nations Youth in Community Assistance Program, Soular Scenes and Rusty and the Crew. The Y also collaborates with local chefs to provide garden to table events and with the Institute on the Environment at the University of Minnesota to have expert interns.

In addition, Cargill Aquaponics that is an alternative to traditional growing of plants will be shown and explained.

“The Y is focused on teaching healthy habits that last a lifetime,” said Deanna Perkins, executive director for the Harold Mezile North Community YMCA. “Our Y is committed to tackling food insecurity facing our community and country by providing fun hands-on experiences planting, harvesting and cooking nutritious food that fuel minds and bodies.”

Harold Mezile North Community YMCA

YMCA Teaches Youth the Joy of Gardening and Eating Healthy Foods

YMCA Cargill Greenhouse on the Rooftop and Cargill Teaching Kitchen at the Harold  Mezile North Community on 1711 West Broadway Avenue in Minneapolis, MN 55411

Wednesday, June 1, 2022 at 11:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

About the YMCA of the North

The YMCA of the North is a leading nonprofit dedicated to strengthening communities through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Established 166 years ago, the Ys provide life-strengthening services across the greater Twin Cities metro region, southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin communities. The 29 Y locations and program sites, eight overnight camps, 10 day camps, and more than 90 child care sites engage more than 370,000 men, women and children of all ages, incomes and backgrounds. To learn more about the Y’s mission and work, visit www.ymcanorth.org.