By: Norie Wright
This week’s featured Green Ambassador is Michelle Chandler. Michelle is a rising junior at The School Without Walls in Washington DC. Michelle’s interests include playing the piano, drawing, and gardening. This is her second year with the Green Ambassadors Program.
Washington Youth Garden: Why did you originally sign up for the Green Ambassador Program?
Michelle Chandler: I live in the area, and came here a lot with the SPROUT program. I thought it would be good to work here as a first summer job because I was familiar.
WYG: What has made you come back?
MC: It’s the same reason as why I did it in the first place. I also liked the supervisors, and I liked the kids. I want to keep going.
WYG: What do you bring to the table as a member of the Green Ambassadors?
MC: I can offer my experience and I try to keep it positive. Even though gardening can be annoying and dirty, I think my positivity will be helpful.
WYG: What skills have you learned from working in the Washington Youth Garden? What have you learned here that you think will benefit you in the future?
MC: I’m better at hard work and physical labor. I learned to use all the manual tools because of my age, so I have experience working with them.
WYG: What has been your favorite memory from your time spent here?
MC: I really liked going on the field trips. We once went to a farm in Maryland. It was rainy and muggy, but I liked the environment of the farm. And the dogs were cute. And there were sheep at the end. It made the bad weather worth it.
WYG: What will be the most challenging task for you as a Green Ambassador?
MC: Staying out in the heat. It's really hard not to take a break all the time. But if you do that, no work will get done, so you can't.
WYG: What is something you are looking forward to this summer?
MC: I know that this year’s field trips are going to be all different, so I'm excited to see the new things they have for us to do on the field trips.
WYG: If you could have any superpower, which would you have?
MC: Telekinesis, because that makes thing easier for you.
WYG: What is your favorite vegetable, fruit, or flower?
MC: I have one for all three. Pineapple, broccoli, and forget-me-nots.
WYG: If you could live anywhere in the world, where would you live and why?
MC: I want to live somewhere that's green like South America or New Zealand or something. I want it to be super chill and to have a lot of animals. And no city. I want to be in a really green space with big house.
Norie Wright is the Events and Communications Intern for the Washington Youth Garden and Friends of the National Arboretum.