Upcoming: Teens 4 Good Turn Vacant Lots into Something Beautiful

The health of a nation (or in this case a city) begins with the initiatives of young people. Teens 4 Good, a program of the Federation of Neighborhood Centers, shows the kind of initiative and promise Philadelphia needs to become a healthy and sustainable city. The group transforms vacant city lots into urban gardens, providing access to healthy foods for isolated neighborhoods. The at-risk youth who participate in the program come away feeling empowered and accomplished. They've become leaders for their communities through planting, gardening and harvesting.

On March 19, The Federation of Neighborhood Centers in partnership with Brown’s Family ShopRite, The Department of Parks and Recreation, Organic Diversion and the Philadelphia Horticultural Society will announce the launch of a new urban farm run by Teens 4 Good.  The event will take place from noon to 2 p.m. at the Carousel House, 1701 Belmont Ave.