On summer mornings, high schoolers in bright green T-shirts gather on the side of Burdsal Parkway north of downtown Indianapolis. As traffic speeds past, they work on designing and growing a quarter-acre vegetable garden.
There’s okra, corn, beans, tomatoes, dill and mint among other vegetables and herbs. In the middle is a small chicken coop.
While the project will yield fresh food for neighborhood pantries and increase the biodiversity of the soil, it is also a much-needed social outlet for many of the youth.