In 2006, the Chicago Botanic Garden expanded the high-school Green Youth Farm program to create the Jr. Green Youth Farm on the campus of a South Side elementary school. Today, the Jr. Green Youth Farm is at Reavis Elementary School in the Kenwood neighborhood of Chicago, providing a school gardening model designed to integrate hands-on gardening experience with school culture and to provide long-term sustainability for the physical garden.
Students spend time in their “edible schoolyard” garden learning where food comes from and helping to create a beautiful and bountiful harvest of fresh vegetables out of previously neglected space.
This school-year and summer program introduces students in grades 5 through 7 to organic gardening, team building, and cooking with fresh produce. School-year activities include an after-school garden club and curricular integration of the garden in standards-based learning. Summer programming includes a six-week program in the school garden. The Jr. Green Youth Farm of Reavis School is conducted in collaboration with Elev8 and Quad Communities Development Corporation (QCDC).
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The Jr. Green Youth Farm is at Reavis Elementary School, 834 E. 50th Street, in Chicago.