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The popularity of organically grown food is on the rise. 

Some farmers say it's too expensive to grow that way, and isn't practical to make a living. 

But, one father-son team is trying to prove them wrong.

Chad and Nieko Summers opened Healthy Harvest Urban Farms in East Moline, IL in April.

A plot of land within the city where food is being grown organically, but the path to get here, started eight years ago, when something had to change. 

"I had psoriasis, nothing was working," explains Part Owner Chad Summers. "Medicine was making the situation worse, so I tried going to nutrition to figure out these issues. When I did that, it started getting better." 

After that, Chad started growing his own food, experimenting with soils and seeds.

He did that until he felt it was time to share his knowledge, with his community.

"I learned, I talked, and now I'm trying to teach everybody I possibly can that it's all about the food and it's all about trying to get healthy through food," Chad says.

Chad and his family now live a vegan life style, eating what they grow. Something even Chad's son, Nieko says he would never give up.

"It's was hard giving up like, tostada with meat on it, who could say no to that? But now, it's just like, where's the fruit?" he says.

The father and son business partners first looked to put their business in the country. But after talking, they both decided they could help  more people by growing in the city.

Giving people access to the healthiest food available. 

"That's why we want to be in the city. We envision this in every city from here on out," Chad says. "We want these to be like the old school open air markets." 

In the future, Healthy Harvest wants to have community and educational gardens. Places for people to come grow if they don't have a place, and learn about small, organic farming. 

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