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North Chicago Green Youth Farm

2012 North Chicago/Waukegan GYF Participants

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ANGELICA
Crew leader, second season

Age: 16

School: North Chicago High School

Favorite veggie: broccoli

Memorable quote: "I like learning about farming techniques and horticulture."

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Crew member, first season

Age: 18

School: St. Martin de Porres High School

Favorite veggie: peppers

Memorable quote: "I like challenging myself with new tasks because I am able to learn what I can do."

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Crew leader, second season

Age: 17

School: Waukegan High School

Favorite veggies: carrots and tomatoes

The Green Youth Farm is awesome at bringing students together from different schools. By the end of the season, we turn into one big family!"

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Crew member, second season

Age: 18

School: North Chicago High School/Lakeland College

Favorite veggie: corn

Memorable quote: "The Green Youth Farm has helped me meet new people."

DASHAWN
Crew member, first season

Age: 16

School: Brookside High School

Favorite veggie: corn

Memorable quote: "The Green Youth Farm is a fun program, and also a great learning experience."

DAQUAN
Crew member, first season

Age: 18

School: Waukegan High School

Favorite veggie: carrots

Memorable quote: "I like learning about different crops."

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Crew member, first season

Age: 17

School: Waukegan High School/Marion University

Favorite veggie: greens

Memorable quote: "The Green Youth Farm has helped me to be a better person."

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Crew member, first season

Age: 16

School: Waukegan High School

Favorite veggie: collard greens

Memorable quote: "I learned to bargain at a farmer's market."

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Crew member, first season

Age: 15

School: Red Oak Academy

Favorite veggie: carrots

Memorable quote: "The Green Youth Farm has provided me with an experience of a lifetime."

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Crew member, second season

Age: 17

School: Waukegan High School

Favorite veggie: carrots

Memorable quote: "While farming I like to interact and get to know my peers."

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Crew member, second season

Age: 17

School: Waukegan High School

Favorite veggie: cucumber

Memorable quote: "I am just happy to be here."

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Crew member, first season

Age: 15

School: Waukegan High School

Favorite Veggie: chive

Memorable quote: "I learn new things at the farm everyday."

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Crew member, first season

Age: 15

School: North Chicago High School

Favorite veggie: carrots

Memorable quote: "The Green Youth Farm has taught me to be more responsible with my health."

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Crew member, first season

Age: 18

School: Waukegan High School

Favorite veggie: carrots and tomatoes

I like the Green Youth Farm because I have met new people and am able to know about each fruit and veggie. It is also a great new experience."

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Crew member, first season

Age: 16

School: Brookside High School

Favorite veggie: bell pepper

Memorable quote: "I am a very motivated and hard-working person."

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Crew member, first season

Age: 15

School: Zion Benton Township High School

Favorite veggie: swiss chard

Memorable quote: "The Green Youth Farm has taught me the benefits of eating healthy."

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Crew member, first season

Age: 17

School: Waukegan High School

Favorite veggie: mushrooms

Memorable quote: "My favorite task at the farm is harvesting potatoes because it is like digging for gold."

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Crew member, first season

Age: 15

School: Waukegan High School

Favorite veggie: tomatoes

Memorable quote: "While working at the Green Youth Farm, I made new friendships."

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Crew member, first season

Age: 17

School: Waukegan High School

Favorite veggie: onions

Memorable quote: "There is nothing more satisfying than pulling out the whole root of a weed."

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Crew leader, second season

Age: 17

School: St. Martin de Porres High School

Favorite veggie: green beans

Memorable quote: "I enjoy meeting new people and building new friendships."

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Crew member, first season

Age: 15

School: Waukegan High School

Favorite veggie: lettuce

Memorable quote: "I like Green Youth Farm because I learn more about horticulture."

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Crew member, first season

Age: 16

School: North Chicago High School

Favorite veggie: broccoli

Memorable quote: "The Green Youth Farm is a good place to learn about growing vegetables and getting in touch with your inner farmer!"

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Crew member, first season

Age: 15

School: St. Martin de Porres

Favorite veggie: cucumber

Memorable quote: "The Green Youth Farm is like a big family that comes together to do work and have fun at the same time."

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Crew member, first season

Age: 15

School: Waukegan High Favorite vegetable-tomatoes

Favorite veggie: tomatoes

Memorable quote: "I like the Green Youth Farm because they teach me about food and encourage me to exercise."

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Crew member, first season

Age: 15

School: Waukegan High School

Favorite veggie: cucumbers

Memorable quote: "The Green Youth Farm is an amazing first job with great coworkers and awesome supervisors."

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Sarafina McCoy Crew member, first season

Age: 18

School: Waukegan High School

Favorite veggie: carrots

Memorable quote: "I like doing a variety of things on the farm everyday."

2012 North Chicago/Waukegan Farm Staff and volunteers

PHOTO: Heidi JoyntHeidi Joynt, coordinator, is in her fourth season at Green Youth Farm. Joynt works to educate youth about food systems, sustainable agriculture, and food justice issues. She graduated from Central Michigan University with a bachelor’s degree in environmental studies in 2005. Prior to working for the Chicago Botanic Garden, she spent the last two years working with homeless and at-risk youth teaching organic vegetable farming at Seattle Youth Garden Works.
PHOTO: Andrea Kapustka

Andrea Kapustka, intern, will be going into her junior year at the University of Michigan-Ann Arbor in the fall. She will be studying at the School of Natural Resources and the Environment. She enjoys running, playing tennis, cycling, gardening, and being outdoors.
Debra Warren, intern, graduated from Central Michigan University in 2012 with a bachelor of science degree in dietetics. Originally from Michigan, she will be completing her dietetic internship in the fall through Michigan State University. She loves to dance, cook, and spend time at the beach.

PHOTO: Jesus Cuezzi

Debra Warren, intern, graduated from Central Michigan University in 2012 with a bachelor of science degree in dietetics. Originally from Michigan, she will be completing her dietetic internship in the fall through Michigan State University. She loves to dance, cook, and spend time at the beach.

PHOTO: Chad Hagedorn

Chad Hagedorn, grower, is in his first season as grower at the North Chicago Green Youth Farm. Hagedorn hails from Denver, Colorado. There, he acted in various urban farming organizations including starting a one-acre farm at an elementary school. He enjoys watching and playing basketball, being outdoors, and spending time with his girlfriend, Wendy and newborn son, Solomon.

PHOTO: Jesus Cuezzi

Jesus Cuezzi, growing/marketing apprentice, is in his fourth season at Green Youth Farm. Cuezzi has served as a crew member, crew leader, and most recently as an apprentice. He is a 2010 graduate from Waukegan High School, and is currently attending classes at the College of Lake County.