Introducing Hands On Nashville’s 2015 Urban Agriculture Teaching Interns!

Urban Ag 2015 Teaching_web_group As Crop City 2015 kicks off at the Hands On Nashville Urban Farm, we’d like to introduce you to a fantastic group of young people who will be leading the six-week, farm-to-table program for Nashville youth. These outstanding Urban Agriculture Teaching Interns will lead a curriculum that positively impacts knowledge, skills, and behaviors about healthy eating and nutrition. From leading gardening activities to preparing healthy snacks to leading games that teach about the food system, each will be play a leading role in the success of the program. Before the fun began, we caught up with each leader about why they wanted to be part of Crop City this summer.


Urban Ag 2015 Teaching_Carter Carter, a rising senior at Montgomery Bell Academy, says he wants to make a positive impact on Nashville and be a great role model to others. In addition to acquiring gardening and meal planning skills, Carter says he is excited to put his summer to good use.
Urban Ag 2015 Teaching_kelseyKelsey, a recent graduate of Hume-Fogg Academic High School, says she is looking to gain experience in urban agriculture while inspiring youth to pursue skills they learn at the Farm this summer. Kelsey says she is a firm believer in human capacity for change, and would like to be known for the courage to be outspoken.

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Emmanuel, a rising sophomore at Hume-Fogg Academic High School, joined the team to learn how to become a better leader and use his creative, compassionate ways of thinking to make a positive impact on others. “I want to be someone’s role model or touch someone’s life by giving them advice or teaching them something new,” he said.

Urban Ag 2015 Teaching_Camryn Camryn, a rising junior at Hume-Fogg Academic High School, is returning to Crop City to teach youth for second year. Her goals for round two include enhancing her leadership skills, having fun with her teammates and participants, and learning to grow food properly. Camryn says she would like to work on trying to solve problems that would improve the lives of other people and be part of an open community.
Urban Ag 2015 Teaching_web-2Miranda, a rising junior at Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School, says she is excited to return to Crop City for a second year to see friends she made last summer, meet new people, and further her knowledge of agriculture. As for her long-term goals, Miranda says she is driven to make a positive impact on the world.
Urban Ag 2015 Teaching_MMarena, a rising sophomore at Antioch High School, says she would like to be known for her positivity and wants to be part of a successful community. As an aspiring pediatrician, Marena’s goal for this summer is to help kids live healthy lifestyles through informed food choices.

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Aybüke, a rising junior at Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School, is hoping to broaden and enhance her skillset and knowledge this summer in preparation for college and a future career. Aybüke says she wants to be part of something that lives on as a good memory and life-changer in people’s minds.

 Urban Ag 2015 Teaching_DinaDina, a recent graduate from Antioch High School, is returning as an Urban Agriculture Teaching Intern for a second consecutive summer to help make a difference in the lives of others. The aspiring pharmacist says she believes in equality, loves to volunteer, and would like to be known for helping better the world.

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Ale, a rising rising senior at Glencliff High School, wants to be part of something new and life changing and push herself to learn new skills and meet new people. “I want to get out of my comfort zone and try knew things,” she said. Someday, Ale would like to become a doctor or heart surgeon.

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Rania, a rising sophomore at Hume-Fogg Academic High School, says she wants to be part of something great that positively affects the lives of others. She believes in equal chances for everyone and would like to be known for being kind.

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Abi, a rising junior at Heritage Christian Academy, says she is excited to see plants through from seed to harvest and learn more about food pairings. She is also motivated to learn better ways to educate friends and family on proper food preparation and nutritional evaluations.

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Mena, a rising sophomore at Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet High School, is driven to help youth learn about staying healthy this summer. Mena believes in accomplishing things everyday and wants to be part of a hardworking team. He hopes to bolster his leadership, team building and cooking skills through this experience.

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