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Introducing Noah Lee: Seasonal Garden Educator Extraordinaire

April Martin

Just three weeks into my new position as Garden Educator with the Washington Youth Garden, the garden has already sprouted with DC youngsters. Leaving a life in the Midwest, I am not completely sure whether or not my body is equipped to handle the heat and humidity DC has to offer in the coming months, but I couldn’t think of a better place to sweat!

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Garden Manager Nadia Mercer leads a group in feeling how warm the compost has gotten as little microorganisms decompose the old food!

I grew up in Milwaukee, WI, where I volunteered at Growing Power. Their first farm, just twenty blocks from my house, is now a national model for urban agriculture. My time at the community-based non-profit yielded a deep interest in sustainable development. Once at the University of Chicago, I majored in Environmental Studies and Anthropology. In between classes, I spent my time interning at different museum institutions and non-profit organizations. While my work at these organizations focused on aspects of development varying in scale and approach, all had deep links to education and experiential learning. My position with the SPROUT Program, and later the Summer High School Interns, will definitely be the most exciting challenge I’ve encountered yet.

A few things I’ve noticed in my short time here:               

  • Everyone is willing to try something new
  • Kids like to think, just think, about what it would be like to eat a worm
  • WYG has a dedicated team of volunteers who help keep the garden looking great week after week
  • Students will try anything, especially if you dip it in honey from the hives they just got to observe.

I can’t wait to see what the upcoming season has to offer!

- Noah Lee, Garden Educator