Farming Internship Leads to Success Story
Darius Jones is a success story. Jones is the vice president and general manager of Garﬁeld Produce, a hydroponics farm in South Side Chicago. Garﬁeld Produce is a small company that grows hydroponic herbs and greens, and grosses about $100,000 annually. He formerly served as coordinator of the McCormick Place Rooftop Farm, a 20,000 square-foot farm atop a parking garage in downtown Chicago. At age 17, Jones was sentenced to 15 years in Cook County for a felony. After probation he became interested in farming thanks to an internship with Windy City Harvest’s Farm Incubator Program. Launched in 2013, Windy City Harvest’s Farm Incubator Program was developed with assistance from NIFA’s Beginning Farmer and Rancher Development Program. Jones credits agriculture for giving him direction, a meaningful career, and purpose.
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