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Windy City Harvest plants seeds for future careers of urban farmers, healthier communities

Posted on AllSides June 25th, 2024
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While serving probation for a misdemeanor in 2019, Deshawn Willingham saw a flyer at his probation officer’s office for an urban farming apprenticeship program. That flyer set a course for a new career for the South Shore resident. Today, Willingham grows a variety of organic vegetables from collard greens to Swiss chard on 22 acres near south suburban Lynwood. “I fell in love with the idea of farming right away,” said Willingham, 50, “and never had a problem with the work,” referring to the labor-intensive nature of farming. “You’re out...

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