Listen: As a matter of course, the Neighborhood Project ends up turning over stones in this city I never even knew existed in the first place. And since one never really gets used to surprises, I'm always in the process of challenging my own expectations. A great example — I always assumed 4H was a country thing. Something you only found in farming communities. As it turns out, I was only half right — Walnut Way, a burgeoning farming community in its own right, runs its own small but thriving 4H.
They're based in the Walnut Way Center on 17th and North, but the 4Hers are frequently jaunting around the city and region on field trips, exploring and learning and exposing themselves to new experiences. Honestly, I didn't know too much about what goes on in a 4H club, so I had the unbelievably awesome Merquides, Teneah, and Arieuna fill me in: Aren't they great? In this extra piece of audio, I have them explain to me their 4H snack for the day, a delicious treat the discovered when they went to Outpost Natural Foods for their bake sale: And as is customary, I'd like to recognize that these kids are products of MPS schools near and dear to me — two are currently at Samuel Morse (I'm a Morse Middle School product) and the other is at the wonderful Roosevelt Creative Arts. Also, they all plan on attending my alma mater, Rufus King, for high school! Smart kids. Want to learn more about Lindsay Heights? You can start at with Zilber Neighborhood Initiative, the Walnut Way Conservation Corp, or even our Neighborhood Project series with Johnsons Park. And of course, you can alwaysget out to the neighborhood yourself and explore.