A trip to the Lighthouse Community School in Madisonville to see the progress on the LYFS’ 2017 Grant Project Agricultural Learning Center Greenhouse, was an eye-opening experience for me. LCS has an outdoor Urban Agricultural program that includes growing 67 vegetable and herb beds, fruit trees, a chicken coop for 12 chickens, and a few fish, but its use is limited by weather and physical space. Sidestream Foundation, an independent nonprofit whose mission is to support fresh food production in food deserts, partners with LCS in the Urban Agricultural program. The new greenhouse will permit year-round fruit and vegetable farming and expansion of the fish farming program. The LCS goals are to improve educational outcomes for LCS students by providing experiential learning and life – skills development, including cooperation, collaboration, responsibility and accountability, Through the Learning Center and the Community Garden, LCS expands opportunities for youth to have positive and productive interaction with their community.

Respectfully Submitted,
Cindy Givens, Impact 100 Nonprofit Coordinator