Introducing: The Lederer Youth Garden Crew!

July 12, 2010

Author: Neighborhood Farm Initiative

Category: General News

This summer, the Neighborhood Farm Initiative is hosting a team of 6 youth at the Lederer Youth Garden in the Deanwood neighborhood in northeast DC. The youth are members of DC Department of Environment’s Green Summer Job Corps program. The Lederer Youth Garden was established by DC Parks & Rec in the 1970s, and today it includes 20 plots used by members of the community, as well as almost an acre of communal plots, a greenhouse, and recreation center.

The Green Summer program is 8 weeks long and includes lessons on urban farming, environmental science, cooking, health and nutrition, marketing, and media, all in hopes of providing a positive experience and new job skills.

Every day the Green Summer crew write about their experiences in journals. At the end of our first week, we asked everyone to write about their experiences for our blog. Here are some of their journal entries.

Salah, 19 years old.
Working in a garden drains a lot out of you, but it is one of the heathiest ways to live. I’ve heard that organic foods are the best and I’m excited that I am getting the chance to grow and cook some for mysef. I believe that weeding is one of the most soothing and relaxing thinds a person can do. Being in a garden alows you to take deep thoughts about nature and al the living things it has to offer. I’m just gratefu that I get the chance to work with some great supervisors and coworkers that work as hard as me.

Katrina, 19 years old.
I work at the Lederer Youth Garden. I can say that the first day of work I was a little skeptical about the job. I had a tour of the garden and saw what was being grown. The garden looked a little rough with weeds everywhere. But when we started working on it, it looked a little better each day. And every day I tried harder to make it look beautiful.

Jasmine, 16 years old.
The first few days were back-breaking work. Today our garden was looking wonderful. This program has given us a chance to experience this wonderful piece of the earth and to make it look better than ever. Very soon our garden will taste as good as it will look. Each and every one of us did our part to make this experience different.

Avery, 14 years old.
Throughout this first week I have learned a lot, such as how to place transplants in the ground. I learned that although the vegetables that can be grown in DC are more limited than other places, the vegetables that can be grown are awesome. I was suprised when I saw squash, lettuce, cabbage, corn, and watermelon.

Also, check out the Lederer Garden website!!

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