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Meet Dredd and Cornell from the Green Youth Farm in Washington Park and learn a little about what they and 22 other high school students did this summer.

Green Youth Farm is an urban agriculture program of the Chicago Botanic Garden, teaching students the value of healthy, local food and hard work and exposing them to careers in the rapidly growing local and sustainable food economy. Each Tuesday this summer, a crew from one of the farms cooked lunch for the other students in the program to enjoy together in North Chicago after a hard (and fun) work day.

Meet the rest of this year’s Washington Park farmers: chicagobotanic.org/greenyouthfarm/dyett/bios12.

Tell us what you do at home to save energy, reduce waste and chemicals and save the natural resources we need for our survival. We’ll post your comments here to give others ideas for what they can do at home for the environment. Then celebrate World Environment Day with us on June 5 for free demonstrations on a variety of topics as well as plant giveaways and plant pot recycling.

Join us for a behind-the-scenes tour of the Plant Science Center with Bill Brown, the Garden’s vice president of facilities and planning. The building was designed using materials and systems to earn a gold LEED rating for sustainable design from the U.S. Green Building Council. Bill will tell us what that means for the Garden and how he and his team made it happen.