Taylor Waldron is a recent graduate of John Adams High School and will be attending IU South Bend this fall. In college, Taylor plans to dual major in New Media and Journalism. Her favorite thing in the world is music and with her degree, she plans to work for a major music media platform. She wants to interview musicians and write about the way their music can impact a greater audience, spreading a universal connection. For Taylor, music is one of the most wonderful ways to bring people, communities, and the world together. This summer, choosing to intern at Unity Gardens was made possible by the Community Foundation. In the spring, Taylor received the Laidig Service Scholarship through the Community Foundation which allows for the student to intern somewhere each summer for 300 hours. Taylor says that the Unity Gardens was her “first choice”. She chose to work at Unity for one simple reason: to get outside of her comfort zone. “I really wanted to try something new and do something that would benefit a group that is greater than myself. I wanted to know that the work I was doing was really helping people and that’s so easy to see here at the garden”, said Taylor. “I’m really excited to be working here this summer and I can’t wait to see what lies ahead”.
Kayla I have never been this dirty,” was my initial thought after my first day at the Unity Gardens. I wasn’t upset, I was actually happy about my uncleanliness. Why? Well because I wanted to be challenged. Being dirty was challenging? No. Not being able to control everything was my challenge. I wasn’t able to control the elements and make gardening any easier or faster. I had to take each day as it came. Every morning I went to the gardens without any idea of what I was going to do that day. At first I was anxious about that fact, but by the end of the summer, I loved the surprises. Through my internship at the Unity Gardens I realized that I don’t always have to be organized and controlling. I learned patience and to ask questions about something I didn’t know. I grasped the concept of going with the flow. I don’t think I would have learned this anywhere else. I am forever grateful for the time I spent at the Unity Gardens. It was a life changing experience. I will return as much as possible, because the garden is now apart of me.
Joanna Hi my name is Joanna Madias and I am a graduate student concentrating in policy analysis and economic development with an interest in food policy. My summer internship with Unity Gardens was a rewarding experience and perfectly aligned with my education and career goals. I enjoyed working in the garden, building relationships with community members visiting the garden, and learning how to grow and harvest produce. One of my favorite days working in the garden was interacting with a family harvesting Purslane. I usually pulled Purslane out of the garden because it is a weed, but I learned that the family loves to cook with it! The most important knowledge and understanding I gained through my internship with Unity Gardens was the insight of how a non-profit organization provides essential resources to improve a community’s well-being. I would recommend this internship to anyone who is willing to work hard and has a passion for public service.
Bryce At the Unity Gardens this summer, I was extremely involved in many aspects of the organization. Throughout the internship, I participated in many different gardening activities including mounding, weeding, pruning, mulching, planting, and harvesting. Outside of those obligations, I also was able to build relationships with those in our community by conversing and helping visitors in the Garden Guide program, attending the weekly picnic, and working in our two week Garden Camp with many elementary age children. I also was able to meet and work with volunteers from many different backgrounds including retirees, students, and churches. Finally, I led a project for the purpose of building a much needed greenhouse. I highly recommend this challenging, yet rewarding internship to anyone. Even if gardening is not your forte, there is so much more to the internship that allows you to grow as an individual.
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