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Windy City Harvest Work Study Crew 2017

Graduates of Windy City Harvest Corps and Youth Farm are eligible to apply for Work Study Positions with Windy City Harvest. When they complete their 14 weeks of Corps or their senior year with Youth Farm, they can apply for the next year’s Apprenticeship program and a Work Study job. Graduates accepted on to the Work Study Crew continue their employment with Windy City Harvest throughout the Apprenticeship and are eligible for a scholarship to the Apprenticeship.

 

Adam Evans

Name: Adam Evans
Community Area: Lawndale

What motivated you to apply to Windy City Harvest Corps?
I was initially unaware of the Corps program and had applied for the Apprenticeship.  When I learned of my eligibility for Corps, I decided it would be my best option because I would have the opportunity to extend my training over two seasons while getting certifications and a paycheck.

What motivated you to continue your education and apply for the Apprenticeship?
My initial interest was in the Apprenticeship.  I am interested in the program because I want to be a part of the change that is happening in the agriculture industry as a result of consumer awareness and organic farming.  I also feel that this will give me the foundation to work toward my goals regarding food justice and more equal distribution of quality products in our communities.

What are two to three things you hope to learn more about during the Apprenticeship?

  • Crop planning
  • Marketing
  • Grant proposals

What is your goal for after the Apprenticeship?
I would like to test my skills through the incubator program to prove that I can make all the decisions and perform all the work necessary to operate a successful farm business.

Shanquell London

Name: Shanquell London
Community Area: University Village

What motivated you to apply to Windy City Harvest Corps?
Not only having a close friend succeed with Windy City Harvest, but also being out of work and wanting to try something new helped motivate me to apply to Corps.

What motivated you to continue your education and apply for the Apprenticeship?
After being in Corps for a few months, it gave me the motivation to want to learn more about sustainable agriculture.

What are two to three things you hope to learn more about during the Apprenticeship?
During the Apprenticeship, I hope to learn the basics of being a farmer and also how to start a profitable sustainable farm. I also want to learn the importance of all plants like what they like and don’t like and what it takes to grow them successfully.

What is your goal for after the Apprenticeship?
My goal for after the Apprenticeship is to take all that I’ve learned and use it to my best ability to not only make a living, but to spread the awareness of sustainable agriculture.

Sheena Richardson

Name: Sheena Richardson
Community Area: South Shore

What motivated you to apply to Windy City Harvest Corps?
The fact I was unemployed, needed a job and wanting to be a better person.

What motivated you to continue your education and apply for the Apprenticeship?
I enjoyed the learning experience I have gotten so far while working here and my mind always thirsts for more knowledge.

What are two to three things you hope to learn more about during the Apprenticeship?
I hope to learn more about different crops, how they do in different elements and what insects are best to have to keep my farm running without pesticides.  How to build my own raised beds on land, what dimensions should be used, where to get the materials and learn how to come up with crop plans.

What is your goal for after the Apprenticeship?
To bring the knowledge I learned into different fields of helping others learn the things I did for the community and for treatment centers.

Lawrence Riley

Name: Lawrence Riley
Community Area: Auburn-Gresham

What motivated you to apply to Windy City Harvest Corps?
The geek in me. I’ve always had a love for plants, flowers, and green living. I was very excited when I did my work shadow and knew it was the right choice for me and my family.

What motivated you to continue your education and apply for the Apprenticeship?
As stated, I love plants. I want to set an example for anyone that may be intimidated. I was nervous at first, but knew that I could do it because Windy City Harvest provides a great support system. I also want to be proactive in setting up farm stands in food deserts.

What are two to three things you hope to learn more about during the Apprenticeship?

  • To learn how to set up a crop plan successfully
  • Learn to build greenhouses and raised beds
  • Understand how plants thrive based on location

What is your goal for after the Apprenticeship?
To become an incubator farmer. From there, I would like to set up/rejuvenate community gardens around the city. Ultimately, I would love the opportunity to extend Windy City Harvest to other areas of the United States.

Alonzo Zollicoffer

Name: Alonzo Zollicoffer
Community Area: North Lawndale

What motivated you to apply to Windy City Harvest Corps?
I heard about Windy City Harvest Crops from Kevin Campbell, who told my uncle at the VA about the program.  He had asked my uncle if he knew anyone that needed a job, they should get in touch with Ms. Joan right away.

What motivated you to continue your education and apply for the Apprenticeship?
To learn more about what the program has to offer for me and learn more about plants and harvesting vegetables.

What are two to three things you hope to learn more about during the Apprenticeship?
How to take better care of plants and vegetables and how to run my own business someday on my own so that I can have something to show my son in the future.

What is your goal for after the Apprenticeship?
To find a better job for myself and also to learn how to be more responsible and take care of the things that I set for myself in the future and being responsible for myself and make a better life for me and my son.