Intern Positions Open at Wangari Gardens!

vol Wangari Gardens is looking for several DC residents for our community garden internship program. This internship will introduce, provide training and experience to the world of urban agriculture, community gardens, and community organizing and development around environmental, sustainable, educational, recreational, therapeutic and agriculture projects and programs.

Duties include

  • learning how to maintain our public gardens and urban ag systems (compost, beehive, etc)
  • helping organize events, workshops, garden projects and initatives

Duration

2013-14 Internships time period can be flexible

Hours

  • Minimum 5 hours a week
  • Most hours will be spent during our open house every Sunday noon to 4pm, where interns will learn how to manage our public gardens from our experienced co-directors and garden leaders
  • Some independent hours throughout the week will be expected depending on the needs of the season

Experience

Although gardening and community organizing experience will be helpful no experience is require. We hope to help people gain this experience.

Benefits

Although this internship is unpaid we will offer a variety of benefits from gardening and community organizing experience, free vegetables and fruit grown on the garden, and upon completion of a growing season, an Urban Community Agriculture Certificate.

If you are interested in this position or you have any further questions please email us at wangarigardens@gmail.com. Send us a resume and a 1-page cover letter explaining why you want to work at Wangari Gardens and what you can bring. Check out our Idealist post.

Thank you for your time.

Josh Singer

Executive Director of Wangari Gardens

Want more information? Learn more about Wangari Gardens:

Wangari Gardens is a new 2.7 acre garden park being created by its surrounding neighborhood in the heart of Washington, DC. As a very diverse and community oriented neighborhood, this area of the city suffers from high obesity, diabetes, heart disease rates, and malnutrition, especially among children. There are few grocery options available, and many residents rely on corner stores, which sell little amounts of fresh produce or healthy food. Neighbors have come together to turn a largely unused green space into a garden and park that will help connect the community through growing healthy food, and making a beautiful gathering space for children and their families.

The name Wangari Gardens was given in honor of the late Professor Wangari Maathai, an activist that fought for peace, environmental and social justice, and for women’s equality in East Africa. A Nobel Peace Prize winner, Professor Maathai founded the Greenbelt Movement, a movement which is responsible for planting 40 million trees in Kenya. We wish to honor her life and continue her message of using unused green space for the non-profit benefit of the surrounding community. Her legacy of bringing community together to protect the environment while bettering their lives is what inspired us to name the park Wangari Gardens.

Wangari Gardens is a unique garden in the sense that it serves more than just its garden plot holders. The focal point of the garden is a 110-plot community garden, including accessible plots for people with disabilities, rented out to local community members. Almost a dozen are given away for free to low income families. In addition to their plots, each plot holder signs an agreement to spend at least 2 hours a month watering and maintaining numerous public gardens. Anyone is allowed to come pick fresh fruit and vegetables in these public gardens with the intentions of not making Wangari Gardens exclusive to only people who get plots. We call this model a “garden park”. Our mission is for Wangari Gardens to be a garden park, cared for by community members, as a gathering space for education, food production, and recreation.

Public Gardens and Urban Ag Systems

  • 45 fruit tree forest garden orchard
  • public vegetable garden
  • herb garden
  • medicinal garden
  • perennial vegetable garden
  • accessibility/sensory garden
  • berry garden
  • educational native garden
  • bee hive
  • community drop off compost system

Current Garden Programs

  • cooperatively managed public garden program
  • summer youth program and youth farmers market
  • community compost drop off cooperative
  • garden internship program
  • garden education programs and workshops
  • cooperative bee keeping
  • multiple yearly garden and community events
  • tool share

Future Garden Projects

  • develop more garden educational workshops and events
  • work with DC water to design and implement a raingarden with an underground cistern to capture and reuse rain water
  • build a sustainable material strawbale tool shed
  • develop a seedling program in our coldframes
  • develop a home garden installation program for community members unable to get to the garden
  • develop a gleaning program for a free CSA for local low income households
  • finish our accesibilty garden for gardeners in wheelchairs
  • finish our 501c3 nonprofit application with an interim board and need to recurit a permament board
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