A lot of story tips come my way through email, and it’s surprising how many involve community building through gardening.
Community gardens. Urban orchards. Seed and plant giveaways. Horticulture as therapy. Perennial plant exchanges. Teens earning service hours building raised beds. School kids learning about nature as they watch things sprout.
All those topics have been covered in The Kansas City Star, so it would be easy to say, “Enough of that, already.”
But not always wise.
In south Kansas City, an extraordinary story is playing out on 10 acres that have been purchased by an organization called Boys Grow. On that land, city kids from both sides of the state line are learning not only about agriculture, but also about entrepreneurship and forging business relationships.
And it wouldn’t have happened on this scale had it not been for a chance encounter. Folks from Boys Grow spoke at an entrepreneurial event. Someone with deep pockets was listening.
And along came a $225,000 check that enabled Boys Grow to buy the land — and help more boys grow.
You won’t want to miss the details, and some cool staff photos, in this week’s cover story.