Where are they now?
After completing their work in the garden, our students have gone on to begin wonderful new adventures. Here are updates from just a few of the students who have completed a season (or three!) with the project.
Working in the garden helped me improve my public speaking skills. Between meeting new people and sampling our produce at The Merc, I was constantly having to put myself out there. I also gained strong employee skills that helped me get more jobs in the future.
Coming into this project I had no idea what to expect. I didn’t know a lot about gardening or where my food was coming from, but after two years of working with GFGH I completely changed my eating habits. I started cooking my own food more often and buying organic, local products when possible.
This is an incredible opportunity for young teenagers. It not only teaches them the importance of eating healthy and growing your own food, but also how to manage a job at a young age. I learned a lot of basic skills that are required to be a successful employee. I highly recommend this project to anyone interested.
I will be starting my freshman year of college in the fall. I am pursuing a degree in environmental engineering. This project got me interested in environmental science when I was in high school and now I am wanting to pursue that as a career!
Working as a student gardener was the first experience I had that proved that it doesn't take an army to have an enormously positive, lasting impact on the community you live in. Realizing this as a young adult helped reinforce the importance of diligence and dedication to what you love, and influenced me to push myself harder inside and outside of school.
I am undoubtedly more 'in-touch' with food than I ever thought was possible. I'm also more aware of how extremely disconnected society has become from our sources of sustenance. Most importantly I really enjoy gardening now, which I hardly expected of my future self as a 13-year old kid.
This project wouldn't be possible without the support of our community. It was humbling to see the outpour of community support this project received in my time there. If you're one of those great people - thank you!
I now serve the community as a firefighter and paramedic for Lawrence-Douglas County Fire Medical. It's the most fun and fulfilling job I've ever had, and I certainly wouldn't be where I am now without the GFGH project.