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BoysGrow expanding, adding farm kitchen to program

Posted: 10:07 PM, Sep 18, 2018
Updated: 2018-09-19 03:36:27Z
BoysGrow expands program with farm kitchen
BoysGrow expands program with farm kitchen
BoysGrow expands program with farm kitchen
BoysGrow expands program with farm kitchen
BoysGrow expands program with farm kitchen
BoysGrow expands program with farm kitchen
BoysGrow expands program with farm kitchen

KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- BoysGrow launched in 2010 with the goal of teaching entrepreneurism through agriculture.

By 2018, the non-profit has graduated hundreds of boys from its program. 

Now, it's looking to expand by building the BoysGrow Farm Kitchen. 

"It'll be an office space, certified kitchen, canning center post-harvest handling room and then kind of a flex space for education and events,” said John Gordon, Jr., executive director of BoysGrow.

The price tag is $1 million, and they've already raised $815,000.

For the boys involved, it's about more than just a building. 

"It's a lot of blood, sweat and tears that we put into the work and it really pays off once you see all the good food that we've grown,” said Javon Hampton, a 16-year-old who plans to graduate next year. 

His younger brother, 14-year-old Jayvell Hampton, added his praise for the program.

"Everybody sees my improvements in my work and how I don't give up as easily as I used to,” Jayvell said.

If you'd like to support BoysGrow, you can take part in Farm Fest 2018 . It's a family-friendly, chef-inspired event featuring Lidia Bastianich and nine other local restaurants.