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Transitioning foster youths work in new John Muir Land Trust farm in western Pittsburg

Yahel Moreno didn’t consider himself an outdoors type of person.

But last week, there he was picking Napa cabbages at a small urban farm in Pittsburg and, along with several other youths, happily making kimchi, a traditional Korean side dish.

Having spent most of his high school years living inside a car with his mother and sister and one year in foster care, Moreno never had the opportunity to plant a garden. So when a therapist referred him to the new Pittsburg John Muir Land Trust Family Harvest Farm for a job, he jumped at the chance.

“This was completely out of my comfort zone — I’m not an outside person — but I wanted to try something new.”

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