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Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship 2019 Students

Antonio Buie

Antonio Buie
Community Area: North Lawndale
Internship placement: Farm on Ogden Retail Store

Why did you apply to the Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship Program?
To learn more about growing and production. I want to develop the steps and procedures for becoming an incubator farmer and have my own business.

What do you hope to do with your Windy City Harvest education in the future?
To have a farm with a hoop house and raised bed in my community.

LaQuantus Davis

LaQuantus Davis
Community Area: North Lawndale
Internship placement: Farm on Ogden Aquaponics

Why did you apply to the Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship Program?
To learn the famer lifestyle, to be able to name plants onsite, recognize disease, pests, and the methods to contain remove them. I want to start an herbal business or a juice bar; to grow my own food and share it with others in my community.

What do you hope to do with your Windy City Harvest education in the future?
I want to be a part of and help out communities, CSAs, farmers’ markets, aquaponics construction, and overall, improve health through knowledge of growing various crops.

David Edwards

David Edwards
Community Area: Austin
Internship placement: Arturo Velasquez Institute

Why did you apply to the Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship Program?
I applied to acquire the knowledge needed to grow organic food to sell in my version of a CSA.

What do you hope to do with your Windy City Harvest education in the future?
I hope to establish a small farm next to a storefront where I can close the gap on a food desert while educating my community on healthy options. I want to hire ex-felons and teenagers and teach them entrepreneurial skills that give you an in-depth look at the business from the farm to retail, all while growing people while growing food.

Vincent Irizarry

Vincent Irizarry
Community Area: Avondale
Internship placement: Regenstein Fruit & Vegetable Garden

What do you hope to do with your Windy City Harvest education in the future?
I want to continue to learn and network, in order to become a true[r] advocate for the sustainable urban agriculture movement. I wish to expand my knowledge base to be able to share, teach, and possibly inspire.

Rachel Nami Kimura

Rachel Nami Kimura
Community Area: Avondale

Why did you apply to the Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship Program?
I’ve done a lot of dabbling in various aspects of gardening and farming, but as someone who grew up in Chicago and has only lived in cities, I felt like my knowledge of and relationship with nature was more theoretical than practical. I wanted to change that. After several years of being on the fence, I decided it was time for me to take the plunge and pursue a career in urban agriculture.

What do you hope to do with your Windy City Harvest education in the future?
My hope is to one day start a farm in the Chicago area, where I can incorporate the practices of natural farming, agroforestry, and regenerative agriculture.

Anna Miller

Anna Miller
Community Area: Humboldt Park
Internship placement: The Roof Crop

Why did you apply to the Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship Program?
I applied to the program to learn more techniques for urban agriculture and local economics, and to grow relationships with like-minded folks.

What do you hope to do with your Windy City Harvest education in the future?
I hope to be a part of making food security, nutrition, healthy soil, aquaponics and/or rooftop and vertical garden more accessible for future generations.

LaShawn Miller

LaShawn Miller
Community Area: Garfield Park
Internship placement: Closed Loop Farm

Why did you apply to the Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship Program?
I applied to this program because I knew that the Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship Program could help me attain my goals. I need a skilled set of leaders in the industry to teach me terminology, processes, and methodologies of the "food growing" industry. As a project manager in the live event industry, I am very skilled at putting pieces together to create a big picture. I would like to cross this skill set over to urban sustainability because this is a cause that is meaningful to me.

What do you hope to do with your Windy City Harvest education in the future?
I am interested in implementing and installing rooftop gardens to residential and commercial spaces to aid in urban sustainability. I want to own land to grow crops for consumption by the people who live in the neighborhoods for which the farms thrive; these people will help to cultivate the land and reap the benefits of their labor in many ways. I want to put my production skills to work in this arena by putting on a series of farm-to-table events to raise awareness of this “culture.”

Brandy O’Neal

Brandy O’Neal
Community Area: Bronzeville

Why did you apply to the Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship Program?
Initially, I was led to the Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship program because I had a genuine curiosity to learn more about how to grow my own food. However, it quickly evolved to a desire to learn more about the food system and how to advocate for food sovereignty.

What do you hope to do with your Windy City Harvest education in the future?
My long-term vision is to merge my background as an elementary school teacher with my new training as a farm apprentice to develop a program to teach kids how to cook deliciously nutritious meals with whole foods planted and harvested in their own school gardens. Plus, I would advocate for ways food literacy can be embedded in school curricula. I also hope to partner with urban farms and food organizations dedicated to teaching communities of color how to grow their own food.

Diondray McClain

Diondray McClain
Community Area: Southside/Morgan Park
Internship placement: Closed Loop Farm

Why did you apply to the Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship Program?
ITo learn how to grow food in an urban environment and also to gain knowledge about aquaponics.

What do you hope to do with your Windy City Harvest education in the future?
I hope to be able to teach youth and raise community awareness about sustainable agriculture. I would like to start a business beautifying cities with vacant lots and transforming them into farm sites/gardens.

Artema Plunkett

Artema Plunkett
Community Area: Austin
Internship placement: PCC Wellness Farm

Why did you apply to the Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship Program?
To further my education in urban agriculture and aquaponics, and to find a job.

What do you hope to do with your Windy City Harvest education in the future?
Start growing my own food the proper way—organically!

Liza Provenzano

Liza Provenzano
Community Area: Ravenswood
Internship placement: Just Roots

Why did you apply to the Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship Program?
I applied to gain a better understanding of all the positive aspects that urban agriculture has to offer. The curriculum combined with the internship is the perfect overview to get started. It is exciting to be a part of such an amazing resource for Chicago.

What do you hope to do with your Windy City Harvest education in the future?
My goal is to always stay involved with Chicago farming and to help spread awareness of personal health, as well as responsibility for our environment.

Allison Sturm

Allison Sturm
Community Area: Rogers Park

Why did you apply to the Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship Program?
I applied to further my education about urban agriculture. The act of sharing food can be very transformative, which is why I think it’s important to understand and make connections between our food (where it comes from and how it’s cultivated), the environment, our local communities, and how it all impacts our physical, mental, and emotional well-being.

What do you hope to do with your Windy City Harvest education in the future?
I hope to combine my love of the outdoors and growing/cooking food with my passion of working and learning with youth.

Bruce Watson

Bruce Watson
Community Area: Chatham
Internship placement: Washington Park Youth Farm

Why did you apply to the Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship Program?
I realized this is an opportunity to learn proper farming methods and be a part of the growing demand for locally organically grown produce and the sensibility surrounding urban agriculture.

What do you hope to do with your Windy City Harvest education in the future?
While I hope to remain associated with Windy City Harvest in some capacity, I have yet to determine my future direction, as I see numerous choices I can pursue, but have not yet attained the required skills I shall need. I’m still interested in being qualified enough in urban farming to be able to pass on those skills I’ve acquired here at Windy City Harvest to all those interested in sustainable farming and gardening procedures, especially our youth.

Chelsea Williams

Chelsea Williams
Community Area: Rodeo Farm
Internship placement: Washington Park Youth Farm

Why did you apply to the Windy City Harvest Apprenticeship Program?
I applied to the Windy City Harvest program to gain the knowledge, skill and network needed for a full career change. I have always felt very connect to nature and loved being outside getting my hand dirty. I’m very interested in the gardening and landscaping aspect of urban agriculture, but the beauty of Windy City Harvest is that you’ll learn all aspect of sustainable agriculture, meaning you have plenty of time along the way to figure out what direction you want to head in after the program ends.

What do you hope to do with your Windy City Harvest education in the future?
After Windy City Harvest, I would love to have a career maintaining and creating new plots of flowers, trees, etc. around the city of Chicago and surrounding areas. I want to help make my city greener and beautiful in all neighborhoods.