Youth at the Northeast Regional Youth Food Justice Summit at East New York Farms. Photo by Green Corps.
This month, we worked with youth from EcoStation:NY, Added Value, East New York Farms, and The Children's Aid Society to organize the first-ever Northeast Regional Youth Food Justice Summit. Held at East New York Farms in Brooklyn, this event was completely led and organized by youth.
Together, youth lead workshops and participated in every aspect of the summit from creating agendas, designing workshop posters, and organizing registration. It was a good feeling to know that our ideas and suggestions directly influenced the event.
Gustavo, Diego, Kevin, and Hendrik efficiently transporting weeds to the compost pile. Photo by Anita Ng
The summit featured an opening ceremony dance, workshops, farm visits and a cooking competition. We won second place in the cooking contest! Overall, we really enjoyed working with all of the youth participants as we took turns preparing meals for the summit.
During the farm visits, our entire Green Corps crew learned about how different places start seedlings, weed their planting rows, and create compost. Nishat Rahman, one of our Green Corps members said: "This is best conference we've been to [because] it is really great to organize it ourselves and get to meet and work with all these other youth."
Since the summit, we have also helped East New York Farms during one of their workdays. We enjoyed working side by side with East New York Farms youth interns to weed, compost, and build planting beds.
Our entire Green Corps crew thanks EcoStation:NY and East New York Farms for inviting us to do such amazing work alongside them.
Emma and Nishat weeding a bed of bok choy at East New York Farms. Photo by Anita Ng
High Line Teen programs—part of High Line Community Engagement—are generously supported by the Ford Foundation.