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Student Reflections from 2019 NESAWG Conference


Our youth facilitated “People’s Timeline of the Food System” workshop and were AMAZING. They were able to spread their care and appreciation for urban farming and were able to share some of their experiences as youth farmers. Big love to our youth and participants! Here are some things that our youth leaders took away from their time at Northeast Sustainable Agriculture Working Group (NESAWG)’s 26th It Takes A Region Conference:


Jasir, South Jersey youth leader & facilitator said, “Being at NESAWG for the first time ever has really opened my eyes about a lot of things. Seeing and hearing that me and other kids from different states and cities have the same problems growing up. I learned alot from other people as well. Its not that easy to start a farm. Alot of information was given out to people and I felt thankful and blessed for that opportunity!☺️” 🌻🌻🌻#NESAWG2019


Jessica, South Jersey youth leader & facilitator on building community —“NESAWG 2019 was an incredible experience. It changed my perspectives! I enjoyed coming to this event it made me become much more knowledgeable. I have become more educated in agricultural works and have more confidence in young leaders such as myself that we are rising! There was a range of different age groups that I was able to learn from. That inspired me to continue to speak out for important things like this. I was taught valuable lessons and I plan to attend more of these conferences in the future! I appreciate every person in the agricultural [movement] and the amazing community it created. We definitely grew closer and more of a family to one another. “ 💫💫


Maurice, South Jersey youth leader said — “Going to NESWAG for the first time was a really exciting and fun experience. Not only did I get to meet people from other cities and states ,I also got to learn about some of the problems they are dealing with and how they are solving them. The experience was really educational and I hope to something like it again.” 🌾🌾🌾


Needless to say, our youth were able to connect to a larger food/land movement that connects all of our urban farm / community garden initiative. We are hopeful for an even more tightly connected land-based movement.

About the Grantee


VietLead is a grassroots organization that strives to improve health, increase sovereignty, and develop Vietnamese leadership in solidarity through intergenerational farming; youth leadership; health navigation; policy advocacy; and civic engagement. Our Food Sovereignty and community garden program was built from seeing how food is an important part of how refugees practice self-determination.