By Leah McDonnell, 1st year MDP student
|Leah in the garden|
However, one of the biggest learning points for myself to take away from this internship is that I can garden. I’m actually pretty darn good at it too. I never thought that I would gain so many skills so quickly. I am lucky insofar as I work with a very supportive staff and the garden manager has decided to use this specific community garden as a learning experience. What does that mean? It’s ok to make mistakes (in my case, probably a few mistakes). However, I have probably learned more by being able to try different ideas and make mistakes than I would have if I was given a strict set of rules. It also creates a very easy-going feel through the community garden itself, allowing people to come out, learn a little bit and relax in a safe and supportive environment.
|Weekly community farmer's market in Blake Gardens|
As there are direct linkages to access to healthy nutrition and development (both mental and physical) this market is able to address immediate needs in the community by providing healthy foods at affordable pricing. While working at the market, I also got to know a lot of people in the community and made and fostered some great relationships.
While I am sad that my time at NorWest is over, I have had a wonderful (and resume building) experience.