06/06/2013 06:17 pm ET

Nurturing A Business Approach For Social Good


OTTAWA — On a brisk June morning, you have to use your imagination to see promise in the neatly planted farm plot that is one of Ottawa’s newest social enterprises.

Carrots, onion, tomatoes, herbs and lettuce will sprout in coming weeks on the acreage in the city’s east end. The vegetables will be tended and harvested by homeless teens — most of whom had never set foot on a farm before — and delivered to Ottawa customers as part of an innovative business aimed at “preventing homeless youth from becoming homeless adults,” in the words of Operation Come Home executive director Elspeth McKay.

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