The ELPN-sponsored program gives 10 Dunbar students the opportunity for a hands-on education about healthy food and job skills.
Quaran Johnson knelt in the dirt, pulling a brown, wilted plant out of the ground. A young zucchini plant sat nearby, which Johnson eased into his row of plants before patting the dirt around it. By the end of the summer, if all goes well, he’ll sell the squash from that plant to Lubbock residents.
Johnson spends one morning each week at the South Plains Food Bank GRUB (Growing Recruits for Urban Business) Farm. The soon-to-be ninth-grader at Estacado High School is part of a summer program called the Garden Initiative. It has a fivefold mission: Give East Lubbock teens something to do during the summer; teach them about healthy eating and the work that goes into every piece of produce; teach job skills; make some money; get along with others.