Promise of Peace gardens has recruited local youth to serve as Farm Interns at the LaBajada POP Farm at Trinity Groves. They are co-creators in the Earth to Table cycle on the farm and in their communities. P.O.P. delivers high quality education to the youth and their families about the importance of nutrient dense ingredients, food and social equity and all aspects of growing and preparing their own food. P.O.P. and our supporters invest in these young people hoping to create members of the next generation capable of advocating for greater equality, sustainable stewardship of our planet, and living a best, healthy life.
Aide, age 18
“Working at the POP Farm has taught me to grow with diverse community members . It has taught me how to contribute to food Equity in my community.”
Jair, age 11
“Working here on the farm has taught me how to be part of a solution. Our community needs this.”
“Getting to see various people from different backgrounds that come to visit the garden and helps to inspire the work that we continue to do here. ”
Laura, age 16
“Working on the POP Farm I’ve learned that you can grow anything with a lot of love and effort.”
Alejandro, age 14
“I want to be a better person and grow tomatoes successfully“
Jocelyn, age 16
“The farm has taught me where the vegetables that I eat come from. It has given me new healthy choices , and appreciation for the access to healthy food.”
“Being able to hear different perspectives allows us to reflect on the ways we can improve and what we have been able to accomplish in the garden.”
Whats GROWing on with our Interns
Tending, prepping and harvesting before the cold front
Our youth interns with their weekly Earth to Table harvest and reflection time on the sharing porch
Cauliflower of winter 2020
POP youth interns are planning, preparing and delivering a fall harvest Sunday Supper at Saint Rocco’s New York Italian at Trinity Groves.
This event will reflect inclusive unity in the community – all spearheaded by the youth!
We are so excited to see thier community activism bring people together for the first time since the new development occurred.
Our Interns harvesting the papalo seeds to save for the next warm season. Papalo is a summer growing cilantro like herb – they are also collecting the leaves for their SIF sweet potato chili recipe !
Four of our SMU Mustang Hero volunteers working along side of our youth interns.