The video shows local teens involved with Chicago-based Umoja Student Development Corporation - a partner of NeighborWorks affiliate Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) of Chicago - questioning ways of changing the community’s image, and reality, as a Food Desert.
In the North Lawndale neighborhood, NHS of Chicago and the Chicago Botanic Garden established a partnership which resulted in the development of the Green Youth Farm (GYF). The GYF employs students from Manly High and North Lawndale College Prep who raise vegetables and other produce organically, which is then sold in a farmer’s market at the NHS office. Because of the market’s success produce has to be brought to the market from other Chicago Botanic Garden sites to meet the demand from neighborhood residents.
Be sure to check out this powerful "green" story from the youth of Chicago.