Boys Grow non profit seeks to buy farmland

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KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Boys Grow is a local non-profit that teaches inner city boys life skills through year-round farming, but as the organization grows, so does the need for a larger, more permanent home.

Since 2010, Boys Grow has been farming on borrowed land. Now the group says it is time to get their own farm land for inner city youth.

"I'm in tune with nature," said Tarik who participates in Boys Grow. "I'm more of a city boy, so being out here gives me a new experience broadens my horizons."

To continue helping youth like Tarik, new farm land is needed.

"We are just looking for something we can own," John Gordon Jr., founder, said. "We can put up stake, greenhouse to grow stuff year round. We can raise our chicken operation from 10 to 100 hens."

Gordon founded Boys Grow three years ago. He said he's looking for eight acres about 30 minutes from downtown Kansas City.

"We are trying to raise $30,000 to give us the ability to outright purchase," Gordon said.

Currently they have raised about 25 percent of their goal. To offer your support and make a donation, click here.

Boys Grow is a two-year commitment for the 12-15 year olds who enroll.

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