A nonprofit that helps youth find jobs after being arrested has jumped on the food movement bandwagon. It’s using gardening to teach at-risk youth responsibility and help springboard them into the local food industry.
Michael Miles, 17, works as an intern at the South Park farm-to-table restaurant Alchemy. As a prep cook, his days consist of chopping vegetables, flattening seven ounces of grass-fed beef into a perfect hamburger patty and stepping in wherever he can to help the chefs prepare for the busy dinner service.
“My job is to come here, chop up most of the stuff, help them cross most of the stuff off the list,” Miles said.