Leensa Ahmed


Green Garden Bakery




At 17 years old, Leensa Ahmed leads a youth-run bakery in North Minneapolis. Ahmed, along with a group of teens, founded Green Garden Bakery in 2014. Vegetables grown in the bakery’s community garden are used to make healthy desserts, which student workers sell at farmers’ markets, festivals, and online; a third of the bakery’s profits are donated to the community. This summer, Ahmed and her team raised more than $200,000 to open a commercial kitchen, which will allow them to sell wholesale. She is also helping create an alumni board so that members can serve as mentors after they graduate from high school.