A first time user, Kenyatta turned out to be a natural with the drill.
Joshua, YALC student volunteer: "We've had some disagreements before, but we came together and got over it when planting the tree. Today gave me the opportunity to talk to some of my schoolmates who I normally don't talk to, which is a good thing. I also learned that cooperation is more likely with a single goal. I think a lot of people will enjoy this and what we're doing here--making a difference."
Lorraine Richardson, Senior Regional Sustainability Coordinator, HUD: "It's awesome to expose these students to the different potential career opportunities. With this exposure to the benefits of urban farming, these students will be more aware of what's going on in their community, and will help spread the word of what this is about. They'll drive by and see things that they planted growing and think about doing this for their own homes."
HUD's Lorraine Richardson watches as Kamran Zendehdel shows a student how to sow seeds.
Che Axum, director, CAUSES Center for Sustainable Development: "This is a great opportunity for the students to get a better understanding about the food system; how food is grown, transported and prepared as well as understanding food systems from a scientific standpoint--the whole 360. This is the past and the future."
Jessica Wynter-Martin, Ward 7 community volunteer: "I'm hopeful that this experience is meaningful for students and will show them an easy, affordable way to bring food into their own homes. I hope this will inspire schools to create programs on nutrition and home gardening."
Jessica Wynter-Martin (far right) directs students as they fill raised beds with soil.
Jaime Brown, Center for 4-H and Youth Development: "The students are doing an awesome job. They are going to hopefully help once the aquaponics system is installed and ultimately will have a chance to start their own businesses one day. We're going to teach them!"
"This isn't just a tree. This is our tree."