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Cultivating the Soil, Cultivating Youth

By: T. Susan Chang
Publication: The New Farm

Food and Society grantee builds character and teaches life skills through sustainable agriculture
What distinguishes the Food Project from other youth gardening efforts is its purposeful approach to understanding and coaching young people through the state of confusion and restlessness that is adolescence. The scope of its ambition is audacious. Some urban youth come from neighborhoods featuring mostly fast-food chains and liquor stores. By giving these young women and men meaningful work and as much responsibility as they can handle, the project nurtures productive individuals who act as articulate advocates for sustainable ways of growing and marketing food.

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