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The North High Green Team

October 9, 2019

U of M Extension’s Urban 4-H program brings agriculture to Minneapolis high schools

North High garden, three women and tomato harvest
Harvest time at the Growing North school garden. Left to right: Candis McKelvy, community elder and volunteer; Kyree Wilson, 10th-grader at North High; Amie Mondl, U of M Extension 4-H educator.

North High 10th-grader Kyree Wilson has a full morning of classes and an afternoon science field trip, but she has one thing she needs to do in between: harvest vegetables in the school’s Growing North gardens with the North High Green Team. She is joined by Candis McKelvy, a community elder volunteering with the program.

"I really enjoy being able to connect with community elders like Ms. Candis,” says Wilson. “They have taught me that growing food can be fun and a small space can be productive. I especially love that we can pick and taste things like kale and tomatoes from the garden." 

Wilson is one of several north Minneapolis youth guided in agriculture and STEM by Amie Mondl, University of Minnesota Extension educator for 4-H Youth Development in Hennepin County. Mondl’s office is located at the Robert J. Jones University Research and Outreach-Engagement Center (UROC) in north Minneapolis, allowing her to collaborate with local community members and Extension urban agriculture experts.  You can read the full story on the UROC website. 

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