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Little Village Environmental Justice Organization in Edible Chicago

Edible Chicago recently featured the Learning Center's partner, Little Village Environmental Justice Organization (LVEJO) in the article "Plants Sprout, Justice Served in Chicago's Little Village,"  by Terra Brockman. Located in South Lawndale (Little Village), LVEJO has developed three garden sites with assistance from the Learning Center. Providing technical assistance, project and budget planning, and funding for equipment and other garden supplies, the Learning Center has worked with LVEJO to help community residents grow, get, and eat good and healthy fresh food. Learning Center staff have been able to offer workshops to project leaders and community residents in English and Spanish. 

Through the Urban Lands Campaign, LVEJO and the Learning Center are helping more Little Village residents to engage the food system. According to LVEJO Urban Land Organizer Selene Gonzalez, “Food systems are a direct solution to a whole package of problems—climate change, energy crisis, food prices, health problems—and LVEJO shows how all these things are linked, and can be solved through local food.”

The Learning Center's work with LVEJO is part of our Urban Initiative, through which we work with community partners in Chicago and Rockford develop growing sites, systems, skills, and leadership capacity to build local their food systems. In Chicago, we have been active in several communities since our founding, including Rogers Park, South Chicago, Englewood, and Little Village.

The Learning Center thanks Terra Brockman, founder of The Land Connection, one of our regional farmer training partners, and the staff of LVEJO for their dedication to urban agriculture in Little Village.