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Teens Grow Greens

 

Just about every country home had a kitchen garden where herbs and commonly used fruits and vegetables were planted for easy access and use by the home cook. We decided to plant our own kitchen garden of raised beds located  along the southeast corner of our Mequon store and property line. Heirloom tomatoes, peppers, herbs - all to be used by our Mequon kitchen staff for some mighty tasty deli items like our stone hearth pizzas!

 

We are fortunate to have some of our kitchen garden seedlings grown by a group of talented young people who are a part of Teens Grow Greens, a paid internship program of We Grow Greens. We Grow Greens is a local non-profit organization whose vision is to empower and transform teenagers into leaders through real life skills, self discovery, student-driven projects and learning better by being healthy. Along the way they learn professional and leadership skills through growing and cooking food, as well as through teamwork and community service.

 

Meet The Growers!

Tomatillos: China
China is a sophomore at Vincent High School in Milwaukee. She is planning to become a cosmetologist or a veterinarian.

 

 

Brandywine Tomatoes: Cole
Cole is a freshman at Shorewood High School.  He is planning to go to college. He wants to own his own business in the plant or animal industry. His favorite activity is working on his business (selling Terrariums). Check out Green Earth Terraniums sold locally at Outpost!

 

 

Black Cherry Tomatoes: Quashiana
Quashiana is a freshman at Carmen High School. Her short-term goal is to graduate from high school.  Her long-term goal is to study Meteorology or Psychology in college. For fun, she likes to sing, dance and she is part of the cheerleading team.

 

 

Purple Beauty Peppers: Taquan
Taquan is a freshman at Carmen High School. He is considering going to college.  For fun he likes to run track and his favorite movie is The Heat.

 

 

Purple Cherokee Tomatoes: Terry
Terry is a Sophmore at Messmer High School.  She is planning to go to college to become a Computer Engineer. Her activities include singing/writing songs, playing guitar, piano, flute and drums.

 

Our raised garden beds are just a part of the many projects Outpost is working on towards our High Five goals for 2022. These beds were installed by our Community Partner friends at Victory Garden Initiative. The soil and compost to fill them was brought in via our awesome partnership with Elyve and Sanimax/The Farms composting programs.

 

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