Community Garden Enhancement Program

Worksite Location
CCE Chemung
Project Dates
Beginning of June through middle of August
Faculty Sponsor
Marcia Eames-Sheavly; Horticulture Department
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Jinjing Yin, Horticulture Educator and Andy Fagan, Executive Director
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

Community gardens have their unique power to positively affect communities, including producing nutritious fresh food, reducing family food budgets, beautifying neighborhoods, increasing exercise, providing emotional therapy and a field laboratory for education, etc. The goal of this project is to improve the public awareness of community gardens and the effectiveness of community garden utilization in the Elmira, NY area. The intern will be working closely with the horticulture educator, evaluating the current effectiveness of local community garden utilization, identifying the related issues, and making recommendations to the garden managers. He/She will also be assisting Master Gardener Volunteers with providing guidance and technique support to the garden participants. In addition, the intern will also help identify relevant connections and programming opportunities throughout the CCE association that would help enhance and/or support community gardens and their individual and community benefits. These will include our Nutrition, 4-H Youth development, Natural Resources, and Poverty Reduction programs.

Roles and Responsibilities

• Update the community garden map of Elmira area and the contact information of the community garden managers;

• Make connections with the community garden managers and garden participants;

• Create and implement a survey to evaluate the effectiveness of community garden utilization in Elmira area, identify the issues and make recommendations regarding using the local community gardens;

• Assist Master Gardeners Volunteers with providing guidance and technique support to the garden participants;

• Host an information table at the Farmers’ Market to promote the public awareness of local community gardens and provide basic gardening information;

• Initiate community garden coalition and create a Facebook page.

Qualifications and Previous Coursework
Benefits and Skills

Better understand the survey process by being involved in the survey design and implementation; Learn how to analyze survey data; Master basic gardening skills Become familiar with and engage on community development work Gain experience and knowledge on how to gather, document, and present information in communities. Apply academic knowledge and life experience in a community-based setting. Gain experience and a better understanding of cooperative extension work.