Chicago Botanic Garden

General Info — Government Relations

Windy City Harvest In the News

Windy City Harvest project receives $175,000
through Fiscal Year 2010 Agriculture Appropriations Bill

 

Media Only:
Beth Dunn

GLENCOE, Ill. (November 23, 2009)—Due to the efforts and leadership of Senator Richard Durbin and Congressmen Danny K. Davis and Jesse Jackson, Jr., the Garden’s Windy City Harvest project recently received $175,000 through the Fiscal Year 2010 Agriculture Appropriations Bill.

Thanks to the efforts of these very supportive elected officials, this is the third year Windy City Harvest has received federal funding.  Participants in this innovative program acquire hands-on jobs training in sustainable vegetable and plant production and learn essential business skills, including planning, pricing, sales, and marketing.  Graduates of the program achieve certification by the City Colleges of Chicago in sustainable urban horticulture and urban agriculture. These federal funds will help operate the Garden’s sites located in Chicago’s North Lawndale and West Side neighborhoods.

We sincerely appreciate the assistance, support, and leadership of Senator Durbin and Congressmen Davis and Jackson, and are pleased that they understand and share the Garden’s commitment to providing opportunities for young adults in Chicago’s neighborhoods.  We look forward to working with them in the future as we continue to grow this program and others.

###

Editors, please note: The Chicago Botanic Garden's newsroom is online at www.chicagobotanic.org/pr. For digital images, contact Julie McCaffrey at (847) 835-8213 or at jmccaffrey@chicagobotanic.org.