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.
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.
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.
Dina, 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.