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Karen French

Youth Program Coordinator, Urban Farm

kfrench@chicagolights.org

Karen French is Youth Program Coordinator for the Chicago Lights Urban Farm. She runs the high school development and job training program, known as Farm Corps, currently in partnership with After School Matters. Karen recruits, interviews, enrolls, and instructs teens in the program for seasonal sessions in the spring, summer, and fall. Karen is passionate about environmental and food justice; sustainability; eating, cooking, and growing food; and community building. She loves to share with young people a curiosity about plants and bugs, the sources of our food, and the social and political relevance of the industrial food system in this country. She also loves to pick off the basil flowers to ensure continued basil leaf growth and sweetness!

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