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Greener Teens

Back row, left-right: Helanna Bratman (Program Coordinator), Tina Andrades, Leslie Hughes (Program Assistant), Yvette Tirado, Derek Smith. Front row, left-right: Samantha Brittain (Program Educator), Tionne Arroy, Saivon Gary, Carlos Arce.

A CREW OF BEACON TEENAGERS kept busy throughout the summer tending their Common Greens Garden, an in-town garden site donated by Tito Santana Taqueria. The harvested vegetables go to Common Ground Farm’s Common Greens project, a mobile farmers’ market that delivers discounted produce to seniors and low-income families in Beacon. The composting system at the site was supplied by Zero To Go, a Beacon-based company focused on reusing, composting and recycling; NODE, an adaptive-design and arts center, designed a rain-water catch system for the garden’s water supply. “It’s all happening in front of everyone’s eyes,” says Helanna Bratman, Green Teen coordinator for Cornell Cooperative Extension, Dutchess County, which sponsors the program. “The teens are excited to see it all take shape, and so is the community—we got a lot of fresh food out to people.” 

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