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North Lawndale Green Youth Farm

2008 North Lawndale GYF Participants

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Shanice Allen: 14, Collins Academy High School
Shanice likes GYF because she gets to meet new people, and try new activities. She also enjoys learning about growing organic and eating healthy.

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Dejanee Baldreas: 16, Manley Career Academy High School
Dejanee enjoys finding out new things at the garden. He really likes learning about insects and working with the bees. He never thought he would be gardening and enjoying it. His favorite part was when he started tasting new things and getting dirty.

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Jereh Brown: 18, Manley Career Academy High School
Jereh decided to work at GYF because it was a great way to learn about plants and have a healthy life.

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Eugene Carr: 16, Manley Career Academy High School
Eugene remembers his most challenging experience at the farm was fixing the compost area.

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Clifton Colman: 18, Manley Career Academy High School
Clifton's favorite part about GYF is the team builders. They help communication skills; build community, as well as helping people work together. He also remembers really enjoying his first trip to the Chicago Botanic Garden. This is Clifton’s second year at GYF and he is a crew leader.

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Valentino Davenport: 17, Manley Career Academy High School
Valo wanted to learn more about fruits and vegetables for his culinary degree. He feels the leadership skills he has learned at GYF will help him as a chef. This is Valo's third year and second year as crew leader.

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Ashley Gillespie: 15, Collins Academy High School
Ashley enjoys working with others at GYF. She also appreciates being able to communicate with others because it helps her deal with heat.

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Miles Hampton: 17, Normal Community West High School
Miles decided to work at GYF because it would make him more active during the summer, and help him stay off the streets and try new things.

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Anthony McWilliams: 15, Manley Career Academy High School
Anthony came to GYF to try something new. He heard from his cousin how much he had learned about plants. Cooking day, going up to North Chicago, and harvesting tomatoes are his favorite activities.

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Darryl Meneweather: 17, Manley Career Academy High School
Darryl enjoys working with his peers. He also enjoys working up at North Chicago GYF.

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Devon Nash: 18, Manley Career Academy High School
Devon decided to come back for a third year.  His experience working at GYF helped with the new crewmembers.

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Derrick Smith: 17, Manley Career Academy High School
Derrick observes what the garden teaches, that as time goes on things grow — not just plants but people, too.

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Crystal Washington: 14, Collins Academy High School
Crystal wanted to get involved with GYF because she wanted to learn more about planting vegetables, especially tomatoes. She says North Lawndale and North Chicago students get along so well because we are all teenagers and are all learning similar farm tasks. Her favorite things to eat from the farm are strawberries and raspberries.

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Marquita Wheaton: 18, Manley Career Academy High School
Marquita decided to work at GYF instead of somewhere else because she wanted to see what it was like to work on a farm. This is Marquita’s second year, and she is now a crew leader. She likes to share her knowledge, especially when it comes to harvesting cabbage. Her favorite thing to eat from the farm is Swiss chard.

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Talonda Williams: 14, Collins Academy High School
Talonda says that the hardest part of working at GYF is the weeding and broad forking.

North Lawndale Staff 2008

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