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Youth Farm Update

We are in the final week of our youth farm program here at Felege Hiywot Center, and our youth farmers have been working hard to keep the gardens tidy and productive. Each day has been filled with hard work, discussion and stimulating activities, and we’re looking forward to the busy weeks ahead.

With so many brassicas it is important to train the youth farmers to tell them apart. Our north farm is filled with collard greens, swiss chard, broccoli, brussels sprouts and cauliflower. At first glance they all appear very similar. With time and experience the youth farmers can notice the subtle differences in how these brassicas develop. Teaching our youth farmers to identify various plants and plant parts is a necessary  part of gardening education. They also learned to identify common weeds (crabgrass, lamb’s quarters, dandelions, ground ivy, bermuda grass) in a workshop with our farm assistant Krista.

Krista has also led the youth farmers in bug identification workshops using insects from around the farm like dragonflies, spiders, butterflies and moths, even the incessant cabbage moths that wreak havoc on our cabbage and collards. Right now we’re battling flea beetles that love to chew holes in eggplant leaves. We think it is very important to teach our youth farmers about different insects as well as their various roles in farming. This is why we are particularly excited to have a beehive on the farm this year. The hive was donated by a longtime friend of FHC. Our youth farmers have learned about the importance of bees in pollination, and the bees have been so productive and successful that they have hatched a new queen and swarmed. This was quite an amazing sight for us all to see. The bees [...]

Meet Our Youth Farm Leaders!

Here at Felege Hiywot Center our youth farm program is an integral expression of our mission. Our youth farm leaders are Indianapolis high-schoolers who have completed one or more years as a farm worker in our youth farm program. We are proud of these teens and their commitment to organic farming, community service and youth development.

 

Hello my name is Tay’sha Pulliam, and I am 18 years old. I’m a Junior at Crispus Attucks Medical Magnet High School. I’m currently employed at Felege Hiywot Center (urban garden) as a youth leader. I’ve been here since I was a fourth-grader, as a tag along with my big brother Duane Pulliam, a former youth leader. I’ve pretty much watched the organization grow to what it is now. Ever since I was a little girl I always knew I wanted to help people. Being here at the center helps me carry out that dream. Sometimes it gets tough as a youth leader with the training and all but it’s all worth it in the long run. I like growing fresh produce, helping out the community and helping those in need. My favorite produce to grow is lettuce and collard greens. The feeling you get when your produce you planted comes up is priceless. It’s all a great experience, especially the friendships and bonds that are made.

 

 

Hi! My name is Quentin Latimore. I am 29 years old. I was born in Indianapolis on November 14, 1986. I went to a lot of schools in my lifetime, and I got done with high school on May 26, 2006. I joined the Felege Hiywot Center in June 2010. I love coming to the center. It is fun to be here, and [...]

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