MILWAUKEE – For the past seven years, Teens Grow Greens Incorporated has been harnessing the power of gardening to provide business, entrepreneurship and educational opportunities to youth in Milwaukee.
The Teen Greens program started with just 10 employees and now has more than 70.
The head of agriculture, Julius Gayo, said: “Every year it is increasing and we will continue to serve more and more.”
That’s why they launched the $7 million Green Acres program, which will build and expand the Weber Greenhouse location on Green Bay Avenue. It hopes to create an improved learning and teaching environment for young people and the communities they serve.
“.I’m excited. Greenhouse manager Nalani Moish said the youth are our future, we need to invest.
.The organization has raised $4 million for the first phase, and will build two new greenhouses.
“Those greenhouses not only allow us to grow things year-round, but we can continue education about plant care and growing food and things like that,” Moshe said.
Now they’re working to raise the additional $3 million they need for part two to transform the space into a cafe, additional classrooms, a kitchen and more.
“.That’s a space that’s open to the community so they can use it and then let the teenagers lead classes, learn things in those rooms,” Gayo said.
.Members of the organization say the investment is worth it.
““Having this place in this area in the Rufus King neighborhood is a good statement to the youth that we want to invest with you[and]where you’re coming from,” Gayo said.
.Phase one of the Green Acres project is expected to be completed by the end of 2023. To donate to the cause, visit the Teen Greens website..
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