Workday at Weemes

Once again Next Step Ministries has come to the rescue! At Weemes, we really needed some helping hands to spread woodchips, plant trees and bury irrigation tubing. The middle schoolers who participated were fantastic! I enjoyed watching them work together as a team: shoveling mulch in the wheelbarrows, digging holes for the saplings and helping one another with difficult tasks. Within 3.5 hours everything was finished! Really looking forward to what the kids think about their garden when school resumes!

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Hope Cox

Native to Tennessee, Hope fell in love with urban farming while majoring in Nutrition/Dietetics at UT Chattanooga. She volunteered at an urban farm there for two years and gleaned (pun intended!) bushels of knowledge about harvesting & planting, CSA box coordination, farmers market stands, school field trips, farm-to-table and more. When Hope moved to Los Angeles in late 2014, she began volunteering with EnrichLA and soon after became a Ranger. She loves sharing with her elementary students the hands-on experience of gardening, finding bugs, composting and eating from the garden. The expression of glee on the students' faces when they discover a new critter or favorite vegetable is the best part of Hope's day! One day, she hopes to be a real farmer in the country but for now is glad to be learning the ins-and-outs of inner-city farming.