Wylde Center Intern Profiles
WHAT IS IT LIKE TO INTERN AT THE WYLDE CENTER?
I started interning at the The Wylde Center’s Edgewood Community Learning Garden in August 2013. As a nutrition major at Georgia State University, my goal was to learn as much as possible about growing food. Working with Monica over the past year has taught me not only how to grow food, but also how much dedication is required when acquiring the gardening skills necessary for this growth to occur. There was never a dull day in the garden. Monica consistently filled our work days with something new to do and learn. I will never forget the days we spent changing out the compost bins, cleaning out the chicken coop, weeding, clearing out overgrown corners with hand saws and shovels, mulching with leaves and wood chips, building structures for others to enjoy, etc. I will also never forget the seeds we planted and how rewarding it felt to watch those same seeds become edible plants. I have learned how to compost in order to create nutrient-dense soil for growing healthy plants, how to keep chickens happy in a chicken coop, how to harvest a wide variety of vegetables and herbs, how to recognize weeds, how to use gardening tools, and so much more. Most importantly, I have learned that anyone can be taught how to start a garden given the proper education.
Overall, Monica taught me how to create a unique and beautiful green space though hard work and passion. During this journey, I have fallen in love with getting my hands dirty and giving back to my community. Words cannot express how amazing it feels to play a role in the creation of a place dedicated to educating and empowering members of the community. The practical skills I have attained from this opportunity will always remain a part of who I am. Due to my experience as a garden intern with The Wylde Center, I feel confident in my ability to work with community gardens in the future while pursuing a career in nutrition. I am forever grateful for my time at the Edgewood Community Learning Garden, and I look forward to what 2015 has in store.