Interning at the Washington Youth Garden has been an honor and pleasure. These last two summers have been an adventure full of fun and excitement. When I first came to the garden I didn’t like it that much, I wasn’t use to a lot of outside work. I hated weeding and working in the sun, but I realized the reward you get after everything is done and you see the transformation that you were a part of in creating in the garden. To turn an area full of weeds into a Nature Explore activity area for the children and knowing you had help creating it, is a wonderful feeling.
The Washington Youth Garden has taught me a lot of things and has helped me to grow. I have interacted and taught younger children about eating right and cooking wonderful dishes. Many of the children loved when I put on my chef jacket and start to cooked, they loved the dishes I created for them. I was able to visit the White House’s garden with WYG’s Seed To Supper participants and talked to the Presidents head pastry chef. I got to meet the Secretary of Agriculture at the Arboretum and I was able to have a conversation with him and he gave me a coin with his seal on it. I also got to meet Reed Doughty and Malcolm Kelly of the Washington Redskins. I would have never had the opportunity to be interviewed by J.C. Hayward if it wasn’t for the Washington Youth Garden and there support. (Check out WYG’s website to see interview.)
I will miss my Washington Youth Garden Family as I embark on my new journey into college at Baltimore International College. I will never forget this place and I will be back to visit every chance I get.