The Genesis Project, the community and economic development work of A Just Harvest, seeks to create meaningful opportunities for the community.
The Genesis Project is working in four areas:
- Creating an Aquaponics Social Enterprise
Placing 5-7 North of Howard young adults into a two-year rotating apprenticeship that will give them the skills and experience they need to enter the growing market of urban agriculture.Watch this video about Sergio’s participation in our Aquaponics Social Enterprise:
- Just BITES (Business Incubators that Encourage Sustainability)
Mentoring community members who want to start a small baking or catering business. A Just Harvest provides access to our licensed, industrial kitchen in which to prepare their food and assists with the promotion of their products.
- Developing a Micro-lending Program
Providing credit access to people traditionally underserved by credit markets, enhancing their fiscal responsibility, and helping them avoid predatory lending services.
- Community-Based Learning Partnerships
Strengthening relationships with students from DePaul University, Loyola University Chicago, Chicago Theological Seminary, and the University of Chicago. Students are engaged in community organizing, creating safe and sacred space for patrons and the wider community, and providing an array of volunteer services.
To learn about how you can volunteer with The Genesis Project, click here.