My name is Georgiana Yang. I attend Stuyvesant High School and I’m in 11th grade. I have a variety of interests that range from journalism to community service. I’m in the News department in my school newspaper, the Spectator, and I love to report on policies that affect the academic life at Stuy, which is the most important aspect of life as a Stuy student — at least in my opinion. I also immensely enjoy volunteering at hospitals and working with the children, parents and doctors/residents in the pediatrics division. There’s nothing like a smile on a grateful parent or child as they walk out the door.
Urban gardens have always been something present in my life and I just can’t imagine how different life would be like without them. Not only do my grandparents have a garden, but so the majority of the families living in my neighborhood. They always trade seeds, veggies and fruit. In addition to bringing us together as a community, urban gardens also provide a safer, healthier alternative to the imported vegetables and fruits sold at the supermarket. You never know how long those plants have been in transport and may have lost most of their nutrients by the time they are placed in the stands. There is also an unquestionable freshness in homegrown vegetables that can NOT be found inartificially ripened fruits and vegetables.