Windy City Harvest Youth Farm

Lake County 2014 Participants

Jesus Cuezzi

Jesus Cuezzi
Grower
Fifth season

Jesus started out as a crew leader and is now a grower. Along with being a master salesperson at market, Jesus is a great guitar player, Ultimate Frisbee player, and amazing role model.

Marina Garcia

Marina Garcia
Intern
Sixth season

Marina started out as a crew leader. This is her second year as an intern. Marina is an avid juicer and loves sharing her amazing concoctions with everyone on the farm. She just received an associate’s degree in sustainable agriculture from the College of Lake County.

Audrey Brinkers

Audrey Brinkers
Intern
First season

Audrey is an intern who recently graduated from Indiana University. She came to Chicago to combine her love of and experience with farming with youth development work.  Her enthusiastic personality keeps everyone motivated to weed another bed at the farm every day!

Brandon Morenzoni

Brandon Morenzoni
Crew member
First season

Brandon is a sophomore at North Chicago Community High School. His favorite part of Youth Farm is cleaning the crops. In his spare time, he likes to play basketball.

Joanita Cokley

Joanita Cokley
Crew member
First season

Joanita is a junior at North Chicago Community High School. Her favorite part of Youth Farm is the bonding part, the coming together as a group. In her spare time, she likes to spend time with animals.

Dezsharay Wilkins

Dezsharay Wilkins
Crew member
First season

Dezsharay is a sophomore at Waukegan High School. Her favorite part of Youth Farm is composting. In her spare time, she likes to entertain people by singing and dancing.

Cameron Miller

Cameron Miller
Crew member
First season

Cameron is a junior at Waukegan High School. His favorite part of Youth Farm is processing and washing the vegetables. In his spare time, he likes to play basketball.

Johanna Gonzalez

Johanna Gonzalez
Crew member
Third season

Johanna is a graduate of Waukegan High School. Her favorite part of Youth Farm is helping out the community. In her spare time, she likes to take pictures with her mobile phone.

Jerry Guerrero

Jerry Guerrero
Crew member
First season

Jerry is a sophomore at North Chicago Community High School. His favorite part of Youth Farm is clearing beds. In his spare time, he likes to ride his bicycle.

Bianca Vazquez

Bianca Vazquez
Crew member
Second season

Bianca is a senior at Waukegan High School. Her favorite parts of Youth Farm are meeting new people and doing the hard work. In her spare time, she likes to write poems and enjoy nature.

Jacqueline Perkins

Jacqueline Perkins
Crew member
First season

Jacqueline is a sophomore at Waukegan High School. Her favorite part of Youth Farm is planting and watering the crops. In her spare time, she likes to play the violin.

Briana Arvelo

Briana Arvelo
Crew member
First season

Briana is a sophomore at Waukegan High School. Her favorite part of Youth Farm is weeding and harvesting new plants. In her spare time, she likes to work out with a hula hoop.

Amir Pickett

Amir Pickett
Crew member
First season

Amir is a sophomore at North Chicago Community High School. His favorite part of Youth Farm is making friends. In his spare time, he likes to sing.

Carlos Ochoa

Carlos Ochoa
Crew member
First season

Carlos is a sophomore at North Chicago Community High School. His favorite part of Youth Farm is harvesting. In his spare time, he likes to play basketball.

Antoinette "Ashley" Cottrell

Antoinette "Ashley" Cottrell
Crew member
First season

Ashley is a junior at Waukegan High School. Her favorite part of Youth Farm is seeing Mother Nature’s effect on the farm. In her spare time, she likes to keep up with friends on Facebook.

Jose Castro

Jose Castro
Crew member
Frist season

Jose is a junior at Waukegan High School. His favorite part of Youth Farm is the team-building games. In his spare time, he likes to play soccer.

Rosalio “Chalis” Velazquez-Ortiz

Rosalio “Chalis” Velazquez-Ortiz
Crew member
First season

Chalis is a junior at Waukegan High School. His favorite part of Youth Farm is harvesting the lettuce. In his spare time, he likes to listen to music.

Alejandro “Alex” Sanchez

Alejandro “Alex” Sanchez
Crew member
First season

Alex is a senior at Grayslake North High School. His favorite parts of Youth Farm are working with bees and making the beehives. In his spare time, he likes to participate in sports.

Marjenae Maggett

Marjenae Maggett
Crew member
First season

Marjenae is a sophomore at Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep.  Her favorite part of Youth Farm is weeding. In her spare time, she likes to play basketball.

Mario Richardson

Mario Richardson
Crew member
Third season

Mario is a graduate of Cristo Rey St. Martin College Prep. His favorite parts of Youth Farm are playing Ultimate Frisbee and being outside. In his spare time, he likes to play games.

David Thomas

David Thomas
Crew member
Second season

David is a graduate of North Chicago Community High School. His favorite parts of Youth Farm are harvesting and processing. In his spare time, he likes to play basketball, paint, and draw.

Zachary “Zac” Almendarez

Zachary “Zac” Almendarez
Crew member
First season

Zac is a sophomore at Waukegan High School. His favorite parts of Youth Farm are working with the bees and being outside. In his spare time, he likes to work on bicycles and draw.

Jessica Castillo

Jessica Castillo
Crew member
Third season

Jessica is a graduate of Waukegan High School. Her favorite part of Youth Farm is working with peers from all of the farm sites. In her spare time, she likes to participate in musicals.

A'Chante James

A'Chante James
Crew member
First season

A’Chante is a senior at North Chicago Community High School. Her favorite part of Youth Farm is composting. In her spare time, she holds fast to her strong faith in the impossible things in life.

Kelli Tate

Kelli Tate
Crew member
Second season

Kelli is a senior at North Chicago Community High School. Her favorite part of Youth Farm is the cooking competition. In her spare time, she likes to sing, write music, and cook.

Abigail Hernandez

Abigail Hernandez
Crew member
First season

Abigail is a sophomore at North Chicago Community High School. Her favorite parts of Youth Farm are the team games, meeting people, and harvesting. In her spare time, she likes to spend time at her church and play guitar.

Erin Williams

Erin Williams
Crew member
First season

Erin is a junior at Waukegan High School. Her favorite part of Youth Farm is the morning games. In her spare time, she likes to doodle and play games.

Lucero Chavez

Lucero Chavez
Crew member
First season

Lucero is a junior at Waukegan High School. Her favorite parts of Youth Farm are playing the games and meeting people. In her spare time, she likes to play volleyball and dance.

Quintasia Fullwiley-Beal

Quintasia Fullwiley-Beal
Crew member
First season

Quintasia is a sophomore at Waukegan High School. Her favorite part of Youth Farm is harvesting plants. In her spare time, she likes to cook; she especially likes to cook pork and steak.

Henry Tran

Henry Tran
Crew member
Third season

Henry Tran is a junior at Waukegan High School. His favorite parts of Youth Farm are meeting new people and providing fresh produce for the community. In his spare time, he likes to play the violin and piano.

Jameka Burden

Jameka Burden
Crew member
First season

Jameka is a freshman at Waukegan High School. Her favorite parts of Youth Farm are planting and weeding. In her spare time, she likes to read mystery and horror novels.