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Chicago: A helping hand for vegetable garden that feeds HIV/AIDS patients


Jessica Surma, urban agriculture coordinator for Heartland Alliance, prepares the Chicago FarmWorks field for planting Sunday. | Mitch Dudek/Sun-Times

“Thank you guys for coming,” Cole, 33, of Chatham, told the volunteers before they got to work. “Our motto is simple . . . do what you can and do the best you can.”

By Mitch Dudek
Chicago Sunday Time
Apr 23, 2017

Excerpt:

Jahmal Cole doesn’t usually pull weeds.

His nonprofit — My Block, My Hood, My City — focuses on expanding the worldview of Chicago teenagers, who rarely step outside their neighborhoods, by taking them on field trips.

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Fresh Future Farm in North Charleston is an Educational Model

Fresh Future Farm now employs five staff members to manage the store and the field. Employees are paid through store revenue and donations.

By Tony Bertauski
Post and Courier
Apr 23, 2017

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What’s the hardest part about running an urban farm? Jenkins said growing the food was the easiest. Finding land and donations to get the farm started and keep it running has been the most challenging.

Limehouse Produce donated topsoil to start raised beds for the row crops. Enterprise Rental Car donated a mobile building for the grocery store. The rest of the land is a diverse garden of row crops and fruit trees that is harvested and sold inside the store.

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