Youth Farm in St. Petersburg teaches kids gardening, cooking and business skills


ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. — Kareem Alexander is building a farm, a Youth Farm that is designed and operated by kids.

“Our creativity can stretch as far as we want,” Kareem says about the urban agriculture project.

The student is one of 15 kids in a pilot program at the Enoch D. Davis Center in south St. Petersburg that will teach them everything from gardening and cooking to irrigation and business management.

The working Youth Farm will soon be built with guidance and teaching from local leaders.

“This is one of the ways we’re looking to revitalize the community,” says project leader Carla Bristol. “Using farming as a means of learning everything from agriculture to business development.”

Kareem says the sense of community, of people working together, is what truly excites him about the Youth Farm.

“I’m not a perfect person,” Kareem says. “I can’t do everything by myself.”