J. Jireh Development Corp. (JJDC) is the founder of the Kimball Farms Urban Farming Program. JJDC is a local
grower to a juicing company called & Juice Company. JJDC is going to teach disadvantaged youth how to
establish their own business within their community. JJDC has an inner-city youth program called SIMBA/SIMSA
Circle. The SIMBA/SIMSA Circle youth will be taught how to grow and sell their produce to a business(s). This
experience will be used for academic learning for the youth. Also, the youth will apply the Seven Principles of
Nguzo Saba for the empowerment of their Africentric community.
Project objectives from proposal:
1. Increase sustainable farming skills to disadvantaged youth through hands-on work sessions with farmers
reinforced by urban farming within their own neighborhood.
2. Introduce disadvantaged youth to sustainable agriculture career opportunities through meetings with farmers,
grocers, agricultural firms, chefs, and universities.
3. Provide disadvantaged youth with background on sustainable agriculture practices though use of the Green to
Grow Program curriculum offered by Franklin Park Conservatory and Botanical Gardens. Share project results
through a conference presentation held by FPC and Botanical Gardens.
4. Give disadvantaged youth hands-on direct marketing experience by starting and participating in their own
urban farming business.