Quilen grew up in an ideal setting where he was given every opportunity to excel as he benefited from being a part of a prosperous dual income family, and he took full advantage of these opportunities as he earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and became a United States Peace Corps Volunteer in Thailand.
From here he decided to do it the hard way, reaching rock bottom, without food and a home yet determined to stick with his mission. Several years later with his co founder and wife Hannah, they formed Chicago Eco House and Southside Blooms organic flower farms using solar power and harvested rainwater. Today, the Chicago Eco House has four farms throughout Chicago and one in Detroit where they hire local youth to make the flowers that they sell.
The business employs local youth, offering alternatives to gang life, improving towns, families and generations.
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