The Youth Food Movement


Who are we?

We are the world's future leaders, entrepreneurs, farmers and consumers, part of an international grassroots movement toward a sustainable future of food! 

 The Youth Food Movement a global network of young activists committed to bringing positive change to the world through food.

We recognize that industrialized, large scale, monocultural food production is damaging to the natural environment, cultural heritage, planetary biodiversity and personal health. We unite to change this by being activists of SLOW FOOD which is Good, Clean and Fair: Food should be prepared with care and respect, grown as sustainably as possible and farmers & producers should get a fair wage.

The Youth Food Movement is open to every person who wants to take action to fix a broken food system. It available to anybody who feels inspired to take action, and to those looking to meet other activists, and generate joint projects. “Youth” is not an age requirement; it is a conscious response to the culture in which a generation of young people is coming of age. 


The Otsego Youth Food Movement

Our local chapter of this international movement has roots in Cooperstown schools and is open to all in the surrounding area. In kitchens & gardens we aim to encourage & mobilize responsible food choices, and take part in the public debate about current issues such as how to feed the world, what to do about food waste, and how to produce food as sustainably as possible?



Youth Food Movement High School SPRING SUMMIT

Friday, April 27 2018.    9:30am - 1:30pm

The Farmer's Market, Cooperstown 

Area high school students unite for an exciting day of food, music and inspiration! The mission of this summit is to share internship & job opportunities and grow the local youth food movement! 

Join Us! 

Make a team of one or more teachers/advisors and 5+ high school students and arrange transportation to the Cooperstown Farmer's Market by 9:30am on Friday April 27th

Here's a movie trailer that you can show your classes to set the stage for a conversation about our food choices. 

At the Summit: 

  • Students will have the opportunity to explore leadership roles and create an action plan for their schools. 
  • Lunch will be provided
  • Teachers & staff with interest in food-based education are encouraged to attend. Space will be provided for conversation about possibilities & practicalities of initiatives such as school gardens or greenhouses, cooking clubs, internship support & more. 

100 student spaces are available on a first come - first serve basis, so please register below as soon as possible.




The Future of Food

Fall 2018, specific date TBA 

Enjoy a homegrown dinner prepared by Origins Cafe & students who are passionate about creating a sustainable future through food. A four-course dinner will be served with a presentation on how we can support the health of the global community through our food choices. This is a night to inspire and empower our community to eat & grow locally!



Become a 2018 Otsego Youth Food Movement Sponsor!

Your donation will help the Otsego YFM:

  • Outreach & assistance for helping students from at least 5 different counties attend the summit 
  • Host the first annual YFM Summit this April 28th 
  • Create internships for middle/high school students at school gardens 

For businesses donating, we offer in return:

  • Your logo on YFM Summit promotional flyers, documents, posters, etc. to be seen by an estimated 100+ summit attendees 
  • Online presence through our Facebook page and other partner websites
  • Booth space at this years YFM Summit