Windy City Harvest Youth Farm: Learning life skills in urban farming and sustainable agriculture

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Life & Soul Magazine

Urban farming programs like Chicago’s Windy City Harvest Youth Farm are skilling up teenagers in sustainable horticulture and urban agriculture so they can grow food responsibly, work as a team, advocate for food justice, eat in a healthy way, and support the development of a socially just food economy in their area.

Each year Windy City Harvest trains and employs between 80 and 90 young adults from low-income communities at three farm sites in Chicago and one in Lake County.

The program develops collaborations that benefit communities and produces high-value, nutritious produce that is made available and affordable for local residents in retail outlets.

Part of Chicago Botanic Garden, teens from the urban farming program work in all aspects of sustainable farming and food systems—from planting a farm, managing a beehive, cooking with the food they grow, selling the food that is grown at local farm stands and markets, and working at…

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