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YWCA to Expand Urban Farming Initiative in Evanston, Illinois

YWCA Evanston/North Shore.

The YWCA said the program will help empower local women.

By Jessica Rudis
Evanston Patch
Jan 27, 2012


Colorado based CoBank recently announced that it will contribute $34,000 over the next three years to help the YWCA Evanston/North Shore to support an expansion of their urban farming initiative.

The urban farm started in the spring of 2009, when the YWCA built a small raised bed vegetable and herb garden to grow fresh produce for Mary Lou’s Place, their domestic violence shelter for women and children.

The Evanston-based urban garden is a helpful tool to empower women, according to YWCA Evanston/North Shore Communications Director Julie McBratney.

“The women tend the garden and harvest vegetables and herbs for their meals,” McBratney told Patch. “They cook their own meals each night, and once a week, the have a lesson in healthy cooking from a local caterer who volunteers her time. In the process, they are learning more about nutrition for themselves and their children and gaining self-sufficiency.”

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