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Food Justice Internship Program
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CATA’S Youth Food Justice Crew

Congratulations to all the summer interns who graduated from CATA's Youth Food Justice Program!

At the end of August, we finished our summer youth food justice internship. The program had 9 participants. The students had the opportunity to get training on different topics of our food system. Some examples included: occupational health and safety training in extremely hot temperatures, tool safety, courageous conversations, addressing situations where not everyone agrees on an idea, racism in the history of agriculture, agroecology, and how to conserve seeds, among others.

The other component of the internship was "hands-on," where the participants worked in the garden planting, cleaning, harvesting, and selling. Additionally, they had the opportunity to visit a local lavender farm where they learned about the process of lavender even when it is converted into oil.

 

They also divided into two groups and worked on a project.

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Each week, they had time to work in their groups and even created a name and a slogan. One group was called PURE-Plant. By its acronym in English, it means (Plants. Understanding. Recipes. Environment. Their slogan was "Eat Green, Live Serene."

This group focused on investigating the properties of some garden products and did such recipes. The second group was called REED which was a compilation of the initials of the members. Their slogan: "Save your land, without killing planet Earth." This group focused on researching organic pesticides and herbicides that can be used in the garden using ingredients that they can find in their kitchens.


We thank all the family members who were with us during the graduation ceremony and for their support throughout the program of this fantastic group of new food justice activists!