Green Youth Farm

Today I had the opportunity to go to the Chicago Botanical Garden Green Youth Farm in Waukegan. Located on the Greenbelt Forest Preserve on the North side of Chicago, the Green Youth Farm is an organic farm where teenage students work to grow and harvest vegetables from May to October. The produce is then sold at a number of public markets around the city!

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As part of a local community-run afterschool program for elementary students, I had a chance to take a field trip to the farm with the students to harvest some vegetables for the farmers market this weekend. We packed up our lunches, hopped in the van, and drove out to Green Youth Farm. Upon arriving, we took a tour of the one-acre farm, and then began harvesting!

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We had a full days work ahead of us
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We started with picking Sun Gold cherry tomatoes.SO sweet and delicious!
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sweet bell peppers
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Jalape??o and Chili Peppers.
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Tomatillos
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Swiss chard and kale
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Collard greens
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Carrots
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Green beans
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and turnips and beets!
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The farm even raises their own honey bees to pollinate their plants and provide honey to sell at the farmers markets!

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We had such a fun afternoon with the kids and the farm staff! They even let some of the kids take home a few things that they had harvested! Thanks to Green Youth Farm for a wonderful farm visit!

Comments

  1. My mom work as a social workers in Waukegan for many many years and I love this idea as a way to engage the community. Looks like it was a fun afternoon!

  2. This looks SO awesome! I’m so jealous I wasn’t able to go. Would you go again? It seems like such a great experience!

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