NORTH LITTLE ROCK, Ark.(KTHV) - A historic orphanage in North Little Rock is returning to its roots.
The St. Joseph Orphanage has been mostly vacant for more than a decade.
Now, the 63 acre historic site is being transformed back to a farm helping youth and the community.
At St. Joseph Farm and Education Center in North Little Rock there's a revitalization in progress. Not just to the land, but for dozens of at-risk youth.
Austin Garza of Pocahontas is part of the National Guard's Youth Challenge Program and he says he's learning from the land.
"Before I came here I always did stuff for myself. Like working together is very good and helping the environment is great."
With help from farmer Jody Hardin, founder of the St. Joseph Farm and Education Center, Hardin says the youth are learning the basics of farming.