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SKaiser writesGrowing Home Farm Open House: Tomorrow and Free

Kick off your Saturday with a visit to Growing Home's Open House at the Wood Street Urban Farm and Training Center (5814 S Wood St). The hours are 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM, it's free ($5 suggested donation) and you can take part in tours of the farm, watch cooking demonstrations, keep the kiddos busy with face painting, and then take delicious produce home from the farm stand.

Growing Home is Chicago's leading expert in farm-based training for people with employment barriers. By providing 25 hours per week of paid on-the-job experience and job-readiness training at the farms, plus the support to conquer issues like criminal records, medical needs, child-care, and housing, Growing Home has changed the lives of hundreds of workers, and thousands of their family members. 

"The thing that continues to impress me about Growing Home is how hard our participants work to change their lives," said Rebekah Silverman, Chief Operating Officer at Growing Home. "We offer the framework that gives our participants the time, and space, and support to work on themselves, but it wouldn't happen without their efforts and desire to try new things and make big changes in their own lives and in the lives of their family members."

The Open House is food and fun while supporting the mission of Growing Home. Take part in helping transform your community because everyone deserves to have a good job and everyone deserves to eat well.


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