Internship   National Youth Garden
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  • 1. Washington National Youth Garden
  • 2. Friends of the National Arboretum
    • Single biggest contributor to the National Arboretum
    • Non-profit located on the grounds
    • Made up of committees which include board members
    • Funds the Flowering Tree Walk, Arboretum Gift Shop, and WYG
  • 3. Washington Youth Garden
    • Mission statement:
      • Using the garden cycle as a tool, the mission of the Washington Youth Garden at the U.S. National Arboretum is to inspire children and families to engage in self-discovery, explore relationships with food and the natural world, and contribute to the health and well-being of their communities.
    • Founded in 1971 by DC parks and rec.
    • Nature Deficit Disorder
  • 4. Staff
    • Three full time employees
      • Social Worker, horticulturist, teacher
    • Two interns during the summer
    • Most of the work is done by volunteers
      • Volunteer specialties
    • Positive atmosphere is pushed
    • Kaifa’s history
  • 5. Programs
    • Garden Science
      • Outdoor science classroom experience for elementary school children
      • 11 week program
    • Sprout
      • Similar to Garden Science but it is a one time experience
    • Brain Food
      • Work/food exchange with local teens
    • Growing Food Growing Together
      • Families grow produce in their own individual plots for about 20 weeks
      • Weekly demos and lessons for families
    • Seed to Supper
      • 8 week summer program offered to different community centers
      • Children maintain their own plot and go through lessons and demos in the garden.
  • 6. Growing Food Growing Together
    • Harvest Day
      • Brings families together
      • Lots of experimental cooking
      • Awards
      • Donner presence
    • Programs/ entertainment for children
    • Demos with local chefs
    • Demos from Volunteers and staff
  • 7. Seed to Supper
    • Harvest for DC central Kitchen
    • Field Trip to local plantation
    • Lessons guided by funds
    • Alternate experience for city youth
    • Educational experience
  • 8.  
  • 9.  
  • 10. The Garden
    • ¾ of an acre large
    • Herb garden
    • Fruit trees
    • Individual family plots
    • Butterfly Garden
    • Flowering Border
    • Produce plots
  • 11.  
  • 12. More Garden
    • All organic
    • Composted scraps from meals and lessons
    • Deer Fence
    • Watering
    • Shed and machinery
  • 13.  
  • 14. My internship
    • Accomplishments
      • Set up new irrigation system
      • Installed fences to keep out grazers
      • Maintained garden
      • Educational experience
      • Farmers market
      • Garden ball
  • 15. Rock Garden
    • Bonsai Garden Inspiration
    • Bring new medium of gardening
    • International
    • Lead to other rock ideas for the WYG
      • Pet rocks
      • Rock art in the garden
      • New lesson
    • Presentations
  • 16.  
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  • 18. The future of the WYG
    • Chris’ mission
      • Irrigation
      • New teaching style
      • Better allocation of work
    • Discovery Garden
      • Reduce the need for staff presence
      • Expand garden
      • Install classrooms
  • 19. Problems
    • Bureaucracy
      • Truck and transportation
    • Lack of information in committee meetings
    • Design of garden
    • Location
      • Within arboretum
      • In DC
    • Communication within Arboretum
    • HEAT and WEATHER