Garden-Based Learning Programming for Children, Youth, Families and Adults with CCE Nassau County and the Horticulture Center Demonstration & Community Gardens at East Meadow Farm - PROJECT FILLED

Worksite Location
CCE Nassau County, Horticulture Center Demonstration & Community Gardens at East Meadow Farm
Project Dates
June 1 - August 10
Faculty Sponsor
Lori Brewer
Field Mentors/Supervisors
Greg Sandor, Association Executive Director, Cornell Cooperative Extension Nassau County, Jennifer Cappello-Ruggiero, Horticulture Admin. Assistant, Cornell Cooperative Extension Nassau County,
Stipend Amount
$5,000
Project Summary and Intended Outcomes

The summer intern will engage in aspects of garden-based learning programing for children, youth, families and adults with CCE Nassau County staff and Master Gardener Volunteers at the Horticulture Center Demonstration & Community Gardens at East Meadow Farm where there are over 7 demonstration gardens that serve as an outdoor classroom for a wide range of high quality educational programs. The summer intern will also serve as a liaison to the Cornell Garden-based Learning (CGBL) program, seeking to enhance local program outcomes through connections with CGBL’s gardening and curriculum resources as well as professional development offerings.

Roles and Responsibilities
  • Learn about what is already happening with garden-based learning in Nassau county programs including in the areas of horticulture, nutrition and youth development.
  • Engage in hands on learning opportunities and existing programming by working side by side with CCE-NC staff and MGV.
  • Work with primary supervisor to identify garden-based learning projects in which you might have a role. Develop details around your role and responsibilities as well as goals, action steps and indicators of success for each project.
  • Participate in weekly Seed to Supper summer intern conference calls with Lori Brewer and other summer interns. 
  • Consider how the Seed to Supper curriculum, Youth Grow and other current Cornell Garden-based learning curriculum might be integrated into what is already happening with garden-based learning in county program. Discuss ideas with key project leaders including how it may shift resources or require additional resources and how it may enhance reach and outcomes.
  • Work with Lori Brewer to provide an overview of the NYS Seed to Supper programs and possibly youth development curriculum to volunteers and paid staff interested in using garden-based learning as a tool for achieving program outcomes with adults, families and youth. This would include presenting findings from discussion around how the curriculum might be integrated into what is already happening and considering plans of work/logic models as appropriate.
  • Conduct follow up conversation/survey of volunteers and paid staff regarding availability and interest in becoming a NYS Seed to Supper satellite partner and supporting the training of Seed to Supper facilitators.

 

Qualifications and Previous Coursework

The summer intern with have strong interests around plants, food, and communities as well as coursework in Horticulture such as the two-semester Seed to Supper sequence.

Benefits and Skills

The summer intern will engage in a learning experience that will provide skills and understanding in how Cornell Cooperative Extension uses garden-based learning as a tool for putting knowledge to work in pursuit of economic vitality, ecological sustainability and social well-being. Working side by side with CCE-NC staff and volunteers in programs efforts and identifying ways to connect with campus, will fully engage the summer intern in the process of bringing local experience and research based solutions together to help New York State families and communities thrive in our rapidly changing world.