Lauren vallone

Lauren is an artist, youth worker, gardener, sign language interpreter and doula. Raised on a farm in New Jersey she has lived and loved in Chicago since 2005. She enjoys collaborating with young people, learning through listening and believes in actively aligning her practices with her politics.

Every summer, Lauren leads the Design.Build.Grow.Eat. youth in planning seasonal meals, one group at a time, one week at a time; she helps them execute the final community potluck; and also guides them in making medicinal balm, from weeds on the garden site, mixed with beeswax and essential oils.