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2009 North Lawndale GYF Participants

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Brittany Bryant, 16, Junior at Collins Academy

This is Brittany's first year being a participant of the Green Youth Farm. One of the teambuilding games she enjoyed playing at GYF was Shipwreck. “Some of the things I've learned about farming," she writes, "[include] how to plant collard greens, organic foods, and capping honey.”

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Clifton Coleman, 19, Graduate of Manley Career Academy

This is Clifton's third year at Green Youth Farm. His favorite teambuilder is Captain Says. “My most memorable moment," he adds, "is last year's talent show.”

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Latonia Coulter, 16, Junior at Manley Career Academy

This is Latonia's first year working on the Green Youth Farm. The three things she likes the most about the farm are planting the different varieties of vegetables, how all the students stick together, and all the teambuilding they do. Adds Latonia, “I like the farm because it keeps me learning new things and keeps me out of trouble. It's better working than wasting your summer on other stuff.”

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Sharice Lee, 18, Graduate of Manley Career Academy

This is Sharice's first year at Green Youth Farm. Her favorite part of GYF is the teambuilding in the morning and going to North Chicago on Tuesdays. “I also love going into the beehive," Sharice writes. "Green Youth Farm...is a new and great experience.”

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Elois Mbemba, 15, Collins Academy

Elois enjoys going to North Chicago, and working with the honey bees. She has met a lot of new people and made new friends. “I like Green Youth Farm because my mom had worked on a farm, and she wanted me to experience it,” writes Elois.

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Darryl Meneweather, 17, Senior at Manley Career Academy

This is Darryl's second year in the Green Youth Farm program, and this year he is a crew leader. What he likes most is the fact that you can work with your peers. “Being able to be around people your age allows you to be more comfortable," he observes. "I'm constantly learning and gaining friends.”

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Shaneka Morris, 17, Senior at Manley Career Academy

This is Shaneka's first year at the Green Youth Farm. Her favorite part of the GYF is when she is going to North Chicago. “What I have learned at the Green Youth Farm," writes Shaneka, "is that I know more about vegetables than I thought.”

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LaQuita Norton, 17, Senior at Manley Career Academy

LaQuita's favorite thing is working with the honey bees. Her favorite teambuilding games to play at the Green Youth Farm are Captain Says and Shipwreck. She adds, “I like the Green Youth Farm because I enjoy gardening and the outgoing staff who motivates you.”

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Karmali Ramey, 17, Senior at Manley Career Academy

This is Karmali's first year working at the Green Youth Farm. Her favorite things about GYF are tasting and harvesting all the new vegetables.

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Cierra Robinson, 15, Sophomore at Collins Academy

Cierra's favorite part of Green Youth Farm is going on trips to North Chicago. Her favorite product from the farm is the delicious honey. “I like Green Youth Farm because it's a cool atmosphere where you can meet new people and learn to be self-sufficient," Cierra writes. "I love it here...it's my first year here, and it's awesome!”

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Teirra Scott, 16, Junior at Collins Academy

Teirra's favorite part about working with GYF is going to North Chicago and experiencing what it's like to work at a suburban farm. The most interesting thing she learned at GYF is how to harvest honey from bees. “I like working at Green Youth Farm," she writes, "because it's helping me communicate with people.”

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Derrick Smith, 17, Senior at Manley Career Academy

Over the past two years Derrick, now a crew leader, has learned about crop life cycles. “Being here on the farm," he writes, "I have mastered the eye of the farmer while teaching my crew the ins and outs of farming organic.”

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Sephora Smith, 19, Graduate of Manley Career Academy

Sephora likes GYF because she enjoyed learning how to plant vegetables and fruit. “The most memorable Green Youth Farm moment was playing Capture the Flag—it was North Chicago vs. North Lawndale," she recalls.

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Shaquita Taylor, 16, Junior at Collins Academy

Shaquita likes experiencing learning new and different activities. She likes learning about farming, but it is the hands-on aspect that makes the experience. “This is a job that I would look back on and encourage others to be a part of,” observes Shaquita.

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Kamesha Thomas, 16, Collins Academy

One activity that most interested Kamesha at the Green Youth Farm this year was learning how to create your own homemade compost. She has also learned how to eat and live healthier. She writes, “I am proud to say this is my first year at Green Youth Farm, and I'm loving it.”

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Marquita Wheaton, 19, Austin Career Education Center

This is Marquita's third year at the Green Youth Farm, where she is a crew leader. Her favorite part of GYF is working outside and growing vegetables in the middle of the city. “I like the Green Youth Farm," she writes, "because you get to go to new places and do new things.”

2009 North Lawndale Farm Staff

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Molly Breslin
Intern

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Matt Newton
Intern

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Shawneece Schneider
Growing Assistant