Windy City Harvest Youth Farm in North Lawndale

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The Windy City Harvest Youth Farm in North Lawndale (formerly known as Green Youth Farm) program offers students the opportunity to learn all aspects of organic farming — from planting seeds to managing a hive of bees, from cooking with the food they grow to selling it at farmstands and markets. They also sell produce to the Garden Café, where the chef incorporates the fresh organic produce into many menu items available to Chicago Botanic Garden visitors. “Since the program’s inception in 2003, we have watched young people be transformed through their participation in this program, which demands physical and intellectual effort, discipline, and teamwork,” says Patsy Benveniste, the Chicago Botanic Garden’s Director of Education. “It also gives them confidence in their new-found strength.”