Meet Our Intern- Sam Noreen

Hello everyone, my name is Sam! I am one of the 2018 summer interns and I am extremely excited to work with this organization for the next few months. After attending universities in Missouri and Florida, with varying majors, I decided to go after what I am passionate and interested in, which is dietetics. I just recently switched to this concentration when I transferred to Illinois State University. I love learning how food is broken down and used throughout the body to keep us healthy. I am curious to learn more about how dietetics can be integrated in the farm-to-table movement.

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I first became interested in horticulture and nutrition when I started working at Ball Horticultural Co. in 2013. I am still currently on their grounds crew and feel so grateful that I get to work with a fun, hardworking group of people. I also like to be involved and believe in giving back to the community. I have helped with a food forest at my university in Florida, packaged food with Kids Against Hunger, prepped produce with FreshFAVs at ISU, and currently volunteer with Pets and Vets USA.

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My role this summer at GardenWorks is to maintain raised beds at our community garden location across from St. Michaels in West Chicago. I have 2 project beds at this location specifically with the goal to determine the nutrient content of the beds and how that could help feed a family. I am also serving as a resource for our Community Garden Program recipients and will be keeping in touch with them throughout the summer.

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I would love to hear about your experiences with GardenWorks and hope to be able to meet you!