Construction on the Dyett/Washington Park Green Youth Farm (GYF) began in the summer of 2009. The farm is sited within Washington Park, adjacent to Walter H. Dyett High School.
The first season has seen many challenges and successes, including construction of 40 raised beds, planting of ornamental gardens, and construction of a cob bench. In its inaugural year the garden helped secure summer employment for 17 Dyett High School students. Future seasons will include extended school-year after-school programming, as offered at other GYF sites; 10 weeks of summer employment; and community growing space for area residents managed by GYF students. Program partners include Quad Communities Development Corporation; 4th Ward Aldermanic Offices; Dyett High School; After School Matters, Inc.; LISC; the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (ILDCEO); and the Chicago Park District.