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Garden Internship at Merryspring Nature Center in Camden
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28 Mar 2019 09:55 AM  
This new 6 week opportunity at Merryspring Nature Center in Camden, ME gives participants the tools to start and tend gardens of their own while gaining experience at local nature center focused on community. The internship will begin the week of May 19th and is one day a week for 6 weeks. It is from 10am-4pm with a half hour lunch break, and other short breaks, on a weekday to be determined by participants schedules. A combination of hands on work and guided discussion will be framed around the below topics. Hands on work will be a variety of tasks encompassing pruning, digging, wheelbarrowing, weeding, watering and more.


Week 1. Garden Design and Layout

What elements should be considered when designing and planning a
garden? How are these various components considered in a public garden
or nature center setting? What makes a space inclusive to not only
humans but insects and animals as well?

Week 2. Welcoming The Plants

As perennial plants are emerging in the spring what can we do to
support their healthy growth? What needs to be pruned, tended to, or
relocated? How do we best care for annual seedlings and when do we
begin to transition them from the greenhouse to the garden?

Week 3. Reconsidering Invasive Plants and Weeds

What are these plants trying to tell us about the soil, the
environment they are growing in and what can we learn from them? Do
they have uses as food or medicine? How many invasives or weeds can we
identify on site?

Week 4. Tending to the Gardener

How can we tend to our health alongside our gardens? What are some
remedies that support garden first aid scenarios and overall strength
and stamina to work outside in a variety of weather? What does mutual
care look like?

Week 5. Native and Endangered Plants

In what ways can we support the continued growth of native plant
populations that are at risk for endangerment? What are some of these
plants and their ideal growing conditions? Are there potential risk
factors for plants becoming endangered in our area?

Week 6. Medicine, Beauty, Food

What plants in the garden offer themselves to these different
categories? What signals do we look for to know when or if we can
collect or harvest a plant? How would we go about collecting or
harvesting these plants if we were to use them for these potentials?


To apply, please email gardens@merryspring.org by April 26th with the following:
A short paragraph about your interest and what you are looking to get
out of the internship.
If you have any past garden or farm experiences. If so what kind of
tasks, role, home garden etc.
What days of the week are you available to attend?
Notification will be made by May 3rd or sooner
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