Meet the Windy City Harvest Crew

Youth Farm Participants

Lake County

Alan

Alan
Age: 15
Grade: 10
School: Cristo Rey St. Martin

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
Going on field trips and meeting new people

What's your favorite vegetable?
Carrot

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I have a dog

Alex

Alex
Age: 15
Grade: 11
School: Waukegan High School

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
Sweating, growing food, and learning new things

What's your favorite vegetable?
Carrot

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I play sports

Alexa

Alexa
Age: 16
Grade: 11
School: Waukegan High School

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
Self-improvement

What's your favorite vegetable?
Green beans

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I'm very athletic

Alexis

Alexis
Age: 17
Grade: 12
School: Waukegan High School

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
Enjoying being on the farm and making friends

What's your favorite vegetable?
Carrots

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I am an artist

Angel

Angel
Age: 15
Grade: 10
School: North Chicago High School

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
Working with people and learning to grow food

What's your favorite vegetable?
Broccoli

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I went to New York

Angel

Angel J.
Age: 15
Grade: 11
School: North Chicago High School

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
Working with bees

What's your favorite vegetable?
Cucumber

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I love to help others

Arissa

Arissa
Age: 15
Grade: 10
School: Waukegan High School

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
It's my first job!

What's your favorite vegetable?
Celery

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I like to write

Cristobal

Cristobal
Age: 16
Grade: 11
School: North Chicago High School

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
Being a crew leader and meeting new people

What's your favorite vegetable?
Carrots

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I play sports

Devon

Devon
Age: 15
Grade: 10
School: North Chicago High School

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
I'm interested in teamwork

What's your favorite vegetable?
Carrots

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I play goalie in soccer

Emely

Emely
Age: 15
Grade: 10
School: Waukegan High School

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
Pulling out weeds

What's your favorite vegetable?
Corn

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I play basketball and football

Fatima

Fatima
Age: 16
Grade: 11
School: Waukegan High School

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
I'm excited to plant things, and this is my first job!

What's your favorite vegetable?
Corn

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I love football

Gabriela

Gabriela
Age: 16
Grade: 11
School: Cristo Rey St. Martin

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
Meeting people and learning how to cook

What's your favorite vegetable?
Kale

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I am the oldest sibling and like to play volleyball

Georgina

Georgina
Age: 15
Grade: 10
School: Waukegan High School

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
Tasting the food at the farm

What's your favorite vegetable?
Squash

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I'm competitive and like trivia and new things

Itzel

Itzel
Age: 15
Grade: 11
School: North Chicago High School

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
I'm excited to meet new people

What's your favorite vegetable?
Corn

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I play second base and outfield in softball

Kenny

Kenny
Age: 17
Grade: 12
School: Warren High School

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
I want to learn about crops

What's your favorite vegetable?
Cucumber

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I play American football and track and like hanging out with friends

Kimberly

Kimberly
Age: 15
Grade: 11
School: Cristo Rey St. Martin

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
Meeting new people and learning new things

What's your favorite vegetable?
Cucumber

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I know how to pick lemons and have a high reading score

Kobe

Kobe
Age: 15
Grade: 10
School: Waukegan High School

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
Being on a team and working

What's your favorite vegetable?
Cucumber

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I like to dance

Marysu

Marysu
Age: 15
Grade: 10
School: North Chicago High School

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
Trying the food we grow

What's your favorite vegetable?
Cucumber

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I like to play tennis

Melbyn

Melbyn
Age: 18
Grade: 12
School: Waukegan High School

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
Being here, meeting people, and gaining wisdom

What's your favorite vegetable?
Cucumber

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I designed my own game using graphics and won a major in computer science

Reuben

Reuben
Age: 15
Grade: 10
School: North Chicago High School

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
I'm interested in selling food and beekeeping

What's your favorite vegetable?
Broccoli

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
My middle name is Ricardo

Vanessa

Vanessa
Age: 16
Grade: 11
School: Waukegan High School

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
Meeting new people and trying new things

What's your favorite vegetable?
Carrots

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I like gaining wisdom and learning

Yamilet

Yamilet
Age: 17
Grade: 12
School: Waukegan High School

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
Meeting new people and coming out of my shell

What's your favorite vegetable?
Cucumber

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I played basketball

Yasir

Yasir
Age: 16
Grade: 11
School: North Chicago High School

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
Learning more and helping people

What's your favorite vegetable?
Corn

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I have two dogs

 

North Lawndale

Bruce

Bruce
Age: 15
Grade: 10
School: DRW Trading College Prep

What's your favorite vegetable?
Onions

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
I look forward to spending some peaceful time just thinking. I get to ignore what's going on outside the fence of the farm, and just enjoy nature.

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I love drawing and thinking about how things are the way they are…it's all a mystery to me.

Demartay

Demartay
Age: 15
Grade: 10
School: DRW Trading College Prep

What's your favorite vegetable?
Broccoli

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
I'm excited to continue to work on the farm after, and learn how I can involve my family or community with the farm.

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I like writing and spoken word.

Diante

Diante
Age: 15
Grade: 10
School: DRW Trading College Prep

What's your favorite vegetable?
Beets

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
Eating new things, and learning to be healthy while getting a check.

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I just love food.

Dontique

Dontique
Age: 16
Grade: 10
School: DRW Trading College Prep

What's your favorite vegetable?
Cauliflower

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I've repaired and customized a laptop so I can have one for this upcoming school year.

Ga'Liyah

Ga'Liyah
Age: 14
Grade: 9
School: Chicago Bulls Academy

What's your favorite vegetable?
Tomato

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
I'm excited about being paid! I get to have my own money and contribute to my family and buy my little sisters nice things.

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I like writing and listening to music.

Genovian

Genovian
Age: 16
Grade: 11
School: Jones College Prep

What's your favorite vegetable?
Broccoli

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
I am most excited about maintaining a green space in my community. I'm also excited to be part of the markieting crew.

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I like to keep up on current events and have been known to ask for a newspaper.

Jacinda

Jacinda
Age: 15
Grade: 10
School: Noble Street–UIC College Prep

What's your favorite vegetable?
Cucumbers

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
I'm excited about picking vegetables, working with people my age, and getting a chance to do something meaningful.

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I have a twin sister.

Josh

Josh
Age: 15
Grade: 10
School: Plainfield High School

What's your favorite vegetable?
Kale

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
I look forward to meeting new people and gaining a valuable summer experience! Also to learn how to eat healthier.

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I love photography.

Kari

Kari
Age: 16
Grade: 11
School: Little Village Lawndale High School

What's your favorite vegetable?
Carrots

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
I'm excited abuot growing plants and veggies, and then helping my mom out in the garden.

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I'm in a running club in Little Village call Viento, and may even train for a marathon.

Kayla

Kayla
Age: 15
Grade: 9
School: DRW Trading College Prep

What's your favorite vegetable?
Corn

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
I look forward to having a job that is meaningful and gives back to the community and working with my friends.

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I love to dance and listen to music.

Keely

Keely
Age: 18
Grade: 12
School: Oak Park River Forest High School

What's your favorite vegetable?
Peas

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
I am most excited about seeing all the produce we are growing going back into the community, and learning leadership skills.

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I'm a very goofy person, but I'm genuine and care about making others happy.

Kimmaya

Kimmaya
Age: 17
Grade: 12
School: Orr Academy High School

What's your favorite vegetable?
Greens

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
I'm excited about cooking because I get to help people decide their meals and learn new recipes.

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I'm an inquisitive person, meaning I like asking questions to better understand the world around me.

Leilani

Leilani
Age: 18
Grade: 12
School: Ombudsman Chicago

What's your favorite vegetable?
Carrots

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
Meeting new people and getting to learn more farming practices this year.

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I love to draw and write, and I also love animals.

Melanie

Melanie
Age: 18
Grade: 12
School: Jones College Prep

What's your favorite vegetable?
Carrots\ Broccoli

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
Getting to participate more with others and get involved with my community through farming; also to learn more about how veggies equal health.

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I like changing the color of my hair, and I'm into bringing the beauty out of others through my makeup.

Tigerna

Tigerna
Age: 17
Grade: 12
School: North Lawndale College Prep Collins Campus

What's your favorite vegetable?
Corn

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
Having fun with my crew and getting work done!

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I like to tap dance, and the most books I've read in a day was 10.

Tony

Tony
Age: 17
Grade: 12
School: Holy Trinity High School

What's your favorite vegetable?
Spinach

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
I'm interested in learning where my food comes from and learning how it can benefit my family.

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I'm very determined in being someone important, and I'm into my music.

Tyreese

Tyreese
Age: 17
Grade: 12
School: Vaughn Occupational High School

What's your favorite vegetable?
Corn

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
I'm excited about getting a chance to grow my own fruit.

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I really like to play basketball, and I don't let life get me down.

Yocheved

Yocheved
Age: 17
Grade: 11
School: North Lawndale College Prep Collins Campus

What's your favorite vegetable?
Peppers, hot!

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
I get to work with bees and learn about how they help our farm create more produce.

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I'm very competitive, and I love basketball.

 

Washington Park

Avion

Avion
Age: 16
Grade: 11
School: Walter H. Dyett High School

What's your favorite vegetable?
Strawberries

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
Growing vegetables

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I am a very creative person. I like to learn new things, I get lazy when it's too hot, and I can play basketball and any sports well.

Cortez

Cortez
Age: 16
Grade: 11
School: Ace Technical Charter Academy

What's your favorite vegetable?
Corn

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
Learning how to grow plants

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I am very athletic, I have a 4.0 GPA, and I am a very hard worker.

Courtney

Courtney
Age: 16
Grade: 11
School: Daniel Hale Williams Medical Prep

What's your favorite vegetable?
Spinach

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
I'm most excited for more learning experiences and growing more food.

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I'm very outgoing but shy at first.

Crystal

Crystal
Age: 16
Grade: 11
School: Perspectives Charter School

What's your favorite vegetable?
Cauliflower and carrots

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
Growing my own food and to be able to share it with my family

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I'm very silly, I'm competitive when it comes to games, and I'm all around a fun person.

Darius

Darius
Age: 17
Grade: 12
School: Daniel Hale Williams Prep

What's your favorite vegetable?
Zucchini

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
The new fruits and getting used to new people and faces

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I dropped three songs on Facebook since last summer

Ethan

Ethan
Age: 15
Grade: 10
School: Kenwood Academy

What's your favorite vegetable?
Watermelon

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
I want to learn how to farm properly.

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I own my own gaming organization.

Evalyn

Evalyn
Age: 16
Grade: 12
School: Kenwood Academy

What's your favorite vegetable?
Corn

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
Beekeeping

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
My favorite TV show is Supernatural.

Grace

Grace
Age: 15
Grade: Graduated
School: Ace Technical Charter Academy

What's your favorite vegetable?
Spinach

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
Getting to grow crops

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I'm from Nigeria, Africa, and I skipped three grades.

Ja'born

Ja'born
Age: 15
Grade: 10
School: Daniel Hale Williams Prep

What's your favorite vegetable?
Corn

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
To learn new things and help others

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I love helping, and I am fun to be around.

Jania

Jania
Age: 15
Grade: 10
School: Daniel Hale Williams Medical Prep

What's your favorite vegetable?
Corn

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
Some of the different types of things we are planting

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I like to learn new things about different topics.

Jerico

Jerico
Age: 18
Grade: Graduated
School: Daniel Hale Williams Prep

What's your favorite vegetable?
Greens

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
New experiences with new plants

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I'm cool, I can be funny at times, and I'm a great leader.

Joneshia

Joneshia
Age: 15
Grade: 10
School: Walter H. Dyett High School

What's your favorite vegetable?
Tomatoes

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
Planting fruit

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I dance a lot. I'm really nice and am an understanding person to talk to, there's a lot you can relate to with me.

Kavale

Kavale
Age: 17
Grade: 12
School: Daniel Hale Williams Medical Prep

What's your favorite vegetable?
Collard greens

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
Knowing new people

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I want to go skydiving.

Kayla

Kayla
Age: 17
Grade: 12
School: Lindblom Math and Science Academy

What's your favorite vegetable?
Sweet potatoes

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
Selling vegetables at the market, seeing new faces

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I have a lot of nieces and nephews, but I don't like children.

Kendale

Kendale
Age: 18
Grade: Graduated
School: Daniel Hale Williams Medical Prep

What's your favorite vegetable?
Corn

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
Going 4 for 4 at the farm

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
This will be my fourth year at the farm, and I am going to college in the fall to study construction and design.

Kierra

Kierra
Age: 14
Grade: 10
School: Walter H Dyett High School

What's your favorite vegetable?
Corn

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
I'm most interested in learning about the different plants that grow here.

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I can actually draw a bit and adapt to my environment quickly.

Makayla

Makayla
Age: 15
Grade: 10
School: Walter H. Dyett High School

What's your favorite vegetable?
Pineapples

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
The chance to learn how to grow crops and learn more about the food I eat

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I have really bad asthma and I'm not supposed to do much but it never stops me.

Mantrell

Mantrell
Age: 15
Grade: 11
School: Ace Technical Charter Academy

What's your favorite vegetable?
Broccoli

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
Tasting new foods and growing new things

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I'm a very cool, mellow, funny person.

Miles

Miles
Age: 15
Grade: 10
School: Simeon Career Tech

What's your favorite vegetable?
Oranges

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
Learning and earning money

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I was born in Spain.

Rachel

Rachel
Age: 17
Grade: 12
School: Daniel Hale Williams Prep

What's your favorite vegetable?
Carrots

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
I'm most interested in the field trips we will attend this summer and all the food/vegetables we will take home.

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I like to sing but I'm really shy about it and have stage fright.

Rhandi

Rhandi
Age: 18
Grade: Graduated
School: Daniel Hale Williams Prep

What's your favorite vegetable?
Sugar snap peas

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
To party with my new crew and my honey bees :)

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I will be going to college and majoring in biology in the fall. I have been at the farm all four years of high school, and I'm famous!

Rickia

Rickia
Age: 16
Grade: 11
School: Walter H Dyett High School

What's your favorite vegetable?
Scallions

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
I'm excited for the new plants and crops that we have on the farm this year, and the many new faces I'll see.

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I'm a dancer and want to study zoology in college.

Ryan

Ryan
Age: 16
Grade: 11
School: Daniel Hale Williams Prep

What's your favorite vegetable?
Collard greens

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
Meeting new people and planting new things

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I love cutting the grass.

Sarah

Sarah
Age: 15
Grade: 11
School: Lindblom Math and Science Academy

What's your favorite vegetable?
Lettuce

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
Everything, to be completely honest. But especially engaging with the community when we start selling the food we grow.

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I am an AVID movie watcher.

Shanya

Shanya
Age: 17
Grade: 12
School: Lindblom Math and Science Academy

What's your favorite vegetable?
Corn

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
Even though I worked here last year, I'm still excited to learn about new vegetables so I can give more people a better description of the farm.

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I play rugby, and I'm in stage crew class at school.

Terriona

Terriona
Age: 15
Grade: 10
School: Walter H. Dyett High School

What's your favorite vegetable?
Corn

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer on the farm?
Snacks

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I'm loud but fun.

 

Urban Garden Lab

Anthony

Anthony
Ninth season
Age: 17
Grade: 12
School: Morgan Park High School

What's your favorite vegetable?
Cucumber or sweet potato

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer at Urban Garden Lab?
I'm most excited for cooking on Thursday from produce received from Daley Plaza.

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I'm scared of frogs and I love red velvet and caramel cake. I played bowling, swimming, chess, and baseball.

Alexandra

Alexandra
Third season
Age: 15
Grade: 11
School: Jones College Prep

What's your favorite vegetable?
Cucumber

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer at Urban Garden Lab?
Harvesting tomatoes

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I like to garden and I like nature.

Duncan

Duncan
Second season
Age: 17
Grade: 12
School: Walter Peyton

What's your favorite vegetable?
Butternut squash

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer at Urban Garden Lab?
Playing mafia

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I once owned a snake named Steve.

Asata

Asata
First season
Age: 14
Grade: 9
School: Kenwood

What's your favorite vegetable?
Pineapple

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer at Urban Garden Lab?
I am most excited with working with the fish in the aquaponics station.

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
Something surprising about myself is that I really like to draw. I can draw people really well.

Tyjuan

Tyjuan
Second season
Age: 16
Grade: 11
School: Intrinsic Schools

What's your favorite vegetable?
Spinach

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer at Urban Garden Lab?
Being able to harvest more on the roof

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I can bike 12 miles in 20 minutes.

Nicholas

Nicholas
First season
Age: 15
Grade: 9
School: Chicago Math & Academy

What's your favorite vegetable?
Elotes (Corn)

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer at Urban Garden Lab?
Harvest

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I'm good at cooking.

Marcellus

Marcellus
Seventh season
Age: 18
Grade: going into freshmen year at college
School: King College Prep

What's your favorite vegetable?
Okra

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer at Urban Garden Lab?
College

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I'm multi-talented in foreign languages, memory, and IQ.

Mauria

Mauria
First season
Age: 18
Grade: going into freshmen year at college
School: St. Cloud University

What's your favorite vegetable?
Carrot

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer at Urban Garden Lab?
Learning new and fun facts about nutrition and the environment

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I often pause or take a while to respond in long conversations because I like to collect my thought before I say something to someone. I may also pause because I'm anxious if what I'm about to say is articulate enough.

Sophia

Sophia
First season
Age: 15
Grade: 10
School: Whitney Young

What's your favorite vegetable?
Cucumber/Corn

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer at Urban Garden Lab?
Gardening or growing food and cooking. Learning new recipies and eating organically.

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I'm extremely passionate about taking pictures and photography.

Cecilia

Cecilia
First season
Age: 14
Grade: 9
School: John F Kennedy H.S.

What's your favorite vegetable?
Carrot

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer at Urban Garden Lab?
Planting

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I have three siblings.

Whitley

Whitley
Third season
Age: 15
Grade: 10
School: Lincoln Park H.S.

What's your favorite vegetable?
Sweet potato

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer at Urban Garden Lab?
Harvesting rainbow chard and carrots

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I like to cook and eat fried plantains.

Estephany

Estephany
First season
Age: 17
Grade: 12
School: Curie H.S.

What's your favorite vegetable?
Potato

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer at Urban Garden Lab?
Aquaponics

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I'm going to be 18 in October. I went to Texas in May for Business Professionals of America.

Natalia

Natalia
Second season
Age: 18
Grade: College freshmen
School: Knox College

What's your favorite vegetable?
Nopales (Cacti)

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer at Urban Garden Lab?
I'm really excited to get cooking in the kitchen. I especialy am excited to buy from the farmers market.

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I'm 18 and going to college next year. A lot of people think I'm a high school freshman.

Elizabeth

Elizabeth
First season
Age: 15
Grade: 10
School: Curie Metro H.S.

What's your favorite vegetable?
Brussels Sprouts

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer at Urban Garden Lab?
Aquaponics

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
My brother Paul Krysik works for the Chicago Botanic Garden.

Alexis

Alexis
First season
Age: 15
Grade: 10
School: Whitney Young

What's your favorite vegetable?
Snap peas, carrots

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer at Urban Garden Lab?
Learning how to properly grow and maintain vegetables. Learning basic culinary skills. Meeting and getting to know new people.

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I have a large collection of lip balms and glosses.

Theo

Theo
First season
Age: 17
Grade: 12
School: Lane Tech

What's your favorite vegetable?
Green pepper

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer at Urban Garden Lab?
Learning how to cook what we grow

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
This is my first time learning about gardening and plants.

Imani

Imani
First season
Age: 13
Grade: 9
School: Curie Metro H.S.

What's your favorite vegetable?
Corn

What are you most interested in/excited for this summer at Urban Garden Lab?
Learning how to grow fresh vegetables

What is a fun or surprising fact about you?
I have a big family and my grandparents live with me and my mom.

 

Apprenticeship 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.

 

Work Study Crew

Adam Evans

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

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

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

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 yourgoal 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

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.