Growing Food, Growing Youth Day

Helen Duritsa, University student

 

Growing Food, Growing Youth Day on Friday, March 29, was a new annual event for urban high school youth to engage their interest with career pathways at the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences and with the proposed new food systems major. The event honored the late Bud Markhart and celebrated his passion of engaging youth in urban agriculture and food in his role as a University of Minnesota horticulture professor.

Minnesota Sen. Foung Hawj from Senate District 67 spoke. “I’m here to encourage young students to get involved in farming, especially minority students, and tell you that farming is a noble profession,” Hawj said.

Beth Markhart, Bud’s widow, reminded students of Bud’s passion for science, that “asking questions and following a path to discover the answers and to look beyond the comfortable” were hallmarks of Markhart.

Thank you to Luke Nichols, the community engagement coordinator, and the various staff and departments that made this event successful. The students who attended broadened their cross-community network, engaged in the day and were empowered.