MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - It is not your average summer job, but a program in Frayser hosted by Girls Incorporated of Memphis is taking on the challenge of farming.
Girls Inc. is sowing the seeds of a living-wage experiential employment opportunity for young girls in Memphis.
The program is putting teens to work on a small farm in Frayser at the corner of Dellwood and Baskin Street where the education goes far beyond growing vegetables.
"Through their work here they learn about social entrepreneurship and civic engagement," said Girls Inc. Youth Farm manager Miles Tamboli.
Year-round farm chores for income include tilling, weeding, harvesting, processing and packing produce.
"Currently we have about 20 different vegetables growing," said Tamboli.
High school students Zia Higgins and Mattie Reese have been members of Girls Inc. since they were elementary students.