Real Food Rising program develops youths, produces produce for needy

Published: Sunday, July 8 2012 5:10 p.m. MDT

Evans coordinated The Food Project in Boston, where youths farmed 3 acres in the city and 30 acres in the suburbs growing food for needy people. He also led a youth development farming program in Austin. Evans, who has also worked as a teacher, relocated to Utah when his wife was hired to teach at Westminster College.

Rogers said Evans brings a wealth of experience to the effort both in terms of gardening techniques and helping youth develop their potential. "It's an awesome program. Mike has a lot of experience doing it."

Over the past two weeks, Rogers has watched as the students come together as a team. "It's been interesting to watch this very diverse group of human beings grow together, find common interests and exchange ideas. We're breaking down a lot of boundaries here," she said.

Rogers, who also helps manage Westminster College's organic garden, said she looks forward to the students harvesting the fruits — and vegetables — of their labors.

"The youth have planted these seeds. Ideally, they'll see it all the way through." 



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