LGE Summer Interns

We offer our most energetic and enthusiastic students paid internships during the spring and summer breaks. Teens address health problems linked to unhealthy eating, gaining college and job readiness skills as they improve quality of life in their community. They work together to create programming and speak with residents of all ages about health and nutrition.

Summer 2011

Summer is the height of growing season for our plants and students. This past summer 15 interns cared for 3 community gardens, taught gardening to children aged 3-18, ran a Youthmarket featuring NY state and Bronx grown fruits and vegetables, and ran a nutrition education table. They also conducted food demonstrations and cooked for our weekly group lunches. They built benches for the JDD Community Garden and four cold-frames to help extend our growing season. Working in a community garden gave them the added opportunity of working side-by-side with people from different generations and backgrounds including two workdays with staff from Gotham Bar and Grill and Weleda Inc. Based on the interns feedback at the end of summer we feel were highly successful in harnessing an appreciation for their community, the environment and themselves.

On Monday, July 11, we launched the “Oh SNAP!” educational campaign with a live mural painting on a Greenmarket, Co. delivery truck. The “Oh SNAP!” campaign was designed to draw attention to the fact that GrowNYC’s network of Greenmarkets accept electronic benefits cards (EBT) and shoppers can use their SNAP benefits to purchase farm-fresh produce from the region’s mid-sized family farmers.

  • Greenmarket

    Our network of farmers markets, Youthmarkets, Fresh Food Box pick-ups, and Greenmarket Co. ensures that all New Yorkers have access to the freshest, healthiest local food.

  • Recycle

    We blanket the five boroughs with resources like textile and food scrap collection, Stop 'N' Swaps, and free training to make waste reduction easy for all.

  • Garden

    We build and rejuvenate community & school gardens in all 5 boroughs, and support even more gardens through volunteer days, technical assistance, school garden grants, & more.

  • Teach

    We foster future environmental stewards by providing 60,000 children each year with programs that provide meaningful interactions with the natural environment.