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Logan Square Farmers Market Launches Youth Program To Teach Teens About Farm Culture, Nonprofit Work

Teens and their families can learn more at an informational meeting 6 p.m. April 28.

The outdoor Logan Square Farmers Market.
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LOGAN SQUARE — Logan Square teens can learn about the importance of sustainably grown food — and how to run a nonprofit — through the Logan Square Farmers Market’s first youth program.

The Logan Square Chamber of Commerce, which hosts the market, is looking for Logan Square-based high school students to join the program in the lead-up to the first outdoor market of the season May 9.

Under the program, teens will volunteer at the market and work with farmers and market organizers, including Nilda Esparza, the chamber’s executive director. Teens and their families can learn more at an informational meeting 6 p.m. April 28 via Zoom.

“I know a lot of parents work through the weekend. This is a safe place where their youth can come,” Esparza said. “They’re going to meet a lot of great people. They’re going to be close to community.”

The outdoor farmers market has been held on Logan Boulevard between Milwaukee Avenue and Whipple Street for many years.

As part of the redesign of the Logan Square traffic circle, the city plans to build a plaza on Kedzie Avenue next to the Logan Square Blue Line station. That plaza will likely become the Logan Square Farmers Market’s new home.

Esparza said the youth program is a stepping stone for the market’s junior advisory council, which they hope to launch down the road. As members of the junior advisory council, teens will get a chance to help plan the market’s move, she said.

For now, Esparza and other market organizers are focused on building the youth program and teaching teens practical skills they can carry with them into adulthood.

“They’ll get to learn how strong local economies really do sustain our city, especially in times like pandemic times,” Esparza said.

For more information about the market, go here.

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