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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


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.

But when he heard another do-gooder organization could use a helping hand, he marshaled his troops, more than 150 volunteers — and they showed up Sunday morning at a 2.6 acre patch of dirt at Chicago FarmWorks in the 400 block of North Kedzie in the Garfield Park neighborhood.

Folks from the Heartland Alliance, another nonprofit that has dozens of programs in the city that battle an abundance of social ills, put them to work pulling weeds on land that will grow vegetables for people battling HIV/AIDS.

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