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Teens and Gardens

Middlebury College FoodWorks Interns Dig Louisville

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Vermont college students are interning this summer in all sorts of food-related programs — in Kentucky. About a dozen students and graduates, members of Middlebury College’s FoodWorks program, are scattered around Louisville doing everything from growing to picking to distributing food from farms.

One intern, Nicole Hoesterey, oversees campers at a day camp who garden in the morning then make and eat lunch with the fruits (and vegetables) of their labor. “I see kids who have not been exposed to very many different vegetables, don’t know how food grows, who saw things growing in the garden, like raspberries, that they had never seen before,” Nicole tells the Courier-Journal.

Middlebury College junior Zac Lounsbury, right, works at Grasshopper Distribution in Louisville, Ky., as a FoodWorks intern. (Photo by JAMES TENSUAN, The Courier-Journal)

Middlebury College junior Zac Lounsbury, right, works at Grasshopper Distribution in Louisville, Ky., as a FoodWorks intern. (Photo by JAMES TENSUAN, The Courier-Journal)

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Vermont FoodWorks Intern Summers in Louisville

FoodWorks intern Nicole Hoesterey weeds the Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church graden in Louisville, Ky. (Photo by JAMES TENSUAN, The Courier-Journal

FoodWorks intern Nicole Hoesterey weeds the Crescent Hill Presbyterian Church garden in Louisville, Ky. (Photo by JAMES TENSUAN, The Courier-Journal)

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Teen Groups Gather to Grow Greenhouse

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

A couple of church youth groups from different states came together to assist a thriving third in Pennsylvania, helping to build a new greenhouse which will supply an area foodbank. At the new greenhouse, behind Carlisle High School, teens and their chaperones recently planted fruits and vegetables for the Project SHARE food bank in Carlisle. Teens from Harrisburg’s YouthWorks, as well as teens from the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts in Springfield, built raised beds and tried to till the garden’s rocky soil so they could help their brethren.

“You have youth from two different churches in two different states,” David Leigh, a father of one of the teen workers, told the Sentinel. “Yet they came together like they have been friends all their lives.”

Jessica Larkin, front left, Farm Coordinator for ProjectSHARE, helps YouthWorks members, from left to right, Jessica Katusich, 15; Trevor Ciempa, 16; Mitchell Braun, 16; Jenna Davis, 14; and Kassidy Offutt, 14, in the food pantry's new greenhouse in Carlisle, Pa. (Photo by JASON MALMONT, The Sentinel)

Jessica Larkin, front left, Farm Coordinator for ProjectSHARE, helps YouthWorks members, from left to right, Jessica Katusich, 15, Trevor Ciempa, 16, Mitchell Braun, 16, Jenna Davis, 14, and Kassidy Offutt, 14, in the food pantry's new greenhouse in Carlisle, Pa. (Photo by JASON MALMONT, The Sentinel)

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Massachusetts Teens Help Out Project SHARE Garden in Pennsylvania

Taylor Johnson, 16, of Worcester, Mass., volunteered in the Project SHARE food pantry garden in Carlisle, Pa. (Photo by JASON MALMONT, The Sentinel)

Taylor Johnson, 16, of Worcester, Mass., volunteered in the Project SHARE food pantry garden in Carlisle, Pa. (Photo by JASON MALMONT, The Sentinel)

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Maryland Teen Campers Grow Urban Farm

Wednesday, July 3rd, 2013

Many teens will tell you that hands-on assignments can be the best way to learn about a topic. So it’s no wonder a six-week camp that teaches teens about sustainability and healthy eating — through growing food on a farm and then cooking it at a kitchen on-site — is getting stellar reviews from campers. A dozen teens from the Port Towns area of Maryland are campers in the ECO City Farms’ SEED to FEED summer youth program. The teens split their time between one urban farm in Edmonston and the other Blandensburg.

“I’ve never seen a pizza start from scratch before. I’ve seen it on television, but actually doing it, I’ve never seen it like that,” camper Diego Datiz-Citron, a soon-to-be sophomore at Bladensburg High School told the Gazette after helping his fellow campers make a pizza using ingredients they plucked from the farm.

From left, Zullykay Rendon, Leneé Hill and Romaijn Williams tend the plants at ECO City Farms' urban farm in Bladensburg, Md. (Photo by ERIC GOLDWEIN, The Gazette)

From left, Zullykay Rendon, Leneé Hill and Romaijn Williams tend the plants at ECO City Farms' urban farm in Bladensburg, Md. (Photo by ERIC GOLDWEIN, The Gazette)

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