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City kids learn sustainable, urban farming in Chicago

“A year-and-a-half ago, we gave a $10,000 grant to Perspectives to launch a community agriculture project and we’re seeing different off-shoots of that ranging from indoor greenhouses to composting campaigns”

By Hosea Sanders
February 17, 2012


Eighth graders at a South Side charter school are trying to grow their own food with a little help from non-profit Climate Cycle.

Perspectives Charter School Math and Science Academy students are learning the downside of relying solely on retailers for fresh produce– truck pollution, freshness and energy consumed are at the forefront. They are also exploring how they can combat those problems.

“You don’t always have to depend on the grocery store. You can build your own garden and make your own food. It’ll be so much cheaper. You’ll save so much energy,” Renay Harris, 8th grade, said.

They’re starting the work indoors by building miniature greenhouses to get a jumpstart on the growing season.

“One of the things that they are trying to do now is develop something in the classroom is to start the seeds so that they can transplant them outside when the weather is warm,” teacher Daniel King said.

“I think the greenhouse will help because of all of the aluminum foil is helping the heat stay in and the plastic wrap so the heat will just be reflected on to the plant,” Heru Farrakhan, 8th grade, said.

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