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Today we’re visiting with Hannah Bonham Blackwell of Southside Blooms in the Englewood community of Chicago, Illinois. Southside Blooms, which is a project of Chicago Eco House (a 501c3 nonprofit with a mission of using sustainability to alleviate poverty), is a farm-to-vase florist providing unique and fashion-forward arrangements, while maintaining an uncompromising dedication to both the environment and the surrounding communities. One hundred percent of their money goes directly towards fulfilling this mission. That means every flower purchased from Southside Blooms creates jobs for at-risk youth, converts vacant lots into safe and productive community assets, and actively contributes to the health and resilience of the environment through regenerative farming practices.
We hope you’ll join us for this conversation as we talk with Hannah about:
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Hannah with her family as her husband Quilen Blackwell, President and Founder of Chicago Eco House, receives the The FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award for his efforts in getting Chicago Eco House and Southside Blooms off the ground as a viable alternative to street gangs in Chicago.
Images: Southside Blooms, Chicago Eco House, Patty Wetli of WTTW News
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BB Podcast Sound Engineer: Grayson McGee
Music Written & Performed by: Landon McGee
If you enjoyed this episode, you might also enjoy our conversation with Steven Dyme, owner of Flowers for Dreams. Click here to listen.
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