Urban Agriculture/Nutrition: Providing community education to youth and adults through hands on Master Garden and Nutritional Programming

Worksite Location
Onondaga County
Faculty Sponsor
Marcia Eames-Sheavly, Senior Extension Associate/Senior Lecturer, Horticulture
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Katherine Korba, Natural Resources Team Leader,
Stipend Amount
$4,000
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

Provides community education to youth and adults through hands-on Master Gardener and Nutrition programming. The intern position will work closely with Master Gardener Coordinator, Karen Bishop and Community Nutrition Educator, Anita Bono equally in the field and office settings in support of delivering programming to the greater Syracuse community. Anita’s urban gardening/nutrition programming will start this Spring within the city of Syracuse that serves lower income pollutions interested in learning how to grow their own food on a budget, maintain the garden, and how to prepare and cook the produce grown. Anita will be leading the gardening/nutrition programming at Eastside PEACE and Wilson Community Center with close support from the summer intern. The program will be a collaborative effort to help these community centers develop a plan to establish raised beds or container gardening for vegetables and other productive plants such as: berries, fruit trees, herbs and pollinators depending on budget and space limitations. The Urban Agriculture/Nutrition Intern would be involved in providing support to SEED TO SUPPER programming that Master Gardener Volunteers will be delivering to the public three times through community centers to urban and rural populations. The intern will gain valuable gardening experiences by delivering S2S and Gardening/ Nutrition programs in tandem that will complement and strengthen both programs.

Roles and Responsibilities

Under the supervision of the faculty and field mentors, the intern will be communicating with CCE staff and program partners to arrange program delivery to youth and adults, assistance with social media promotion, brochure and flyer production, preparing and  collecting participant evaluations. The intern will work in partnership with the community educators under the direction of the Natural Resources Team Leader, Katherine Korba, on program delivery efforts.

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

Must be a full-time CALS freshman, sophomore or junior. Graduating seniors are not eligible. Must meet NYS Department of Motor Vehicle requirement, if applicable. The candidate will need excellent written and oral communication skills. A genuine desire and documented interest in working with people is necessary. S/he should be attentive to detail and should possess a general knowledge of, and enthusiasm for, gardening and home food production; a desire to work with a variety of audiences; and an interest in, and the ability to perform, physical work in outdoor conditions.

Benefits and Skills

The intern will utilize existing program resources and materials in program work, assist in the creation of program lesson plans, utilize a variety of delivery methods and assist in delivering innovative educational programs as assigned.