Growing Strong is a paid summer internship for high school students from Paterson and Clifton, NJ. Interns spend the summer working at City Green, while participating in food and environmental justice workshops. By working in an urban farming and market enterprise or educational garden/farm camp program, interns positively engage with their community; benefit from purposeful mentorship and peer collaboration; and foster a personal connection to food systems, healthy eating and the environment.
The Growing Strong program has three different types of “crews” that interns can work on. Each crew has different everyday tasks and responsibilities, but all Growing Strong interns work in some aspect of farming, gardening, and education.
Farm Crew Members
Interns work at the City Green Farm and Markets in the community. Farming activities include planting, weeding, watering, and harvesting. Market activities include: preparing produce for the market, setting up and running City Green Farm Stands and Mobile Markets, providing engaging customer service to local residents, and representing City Green's values and mission!
garden camp counselors
Assist City Green staff at a hands-on, educational garden camp at the Learning Garden in Paterson. Activities include: leading garden activities and nature-based fun with campers (ages 6-10), as well as watering, weeding and harvesting the garden.
farm camp counselors
Assist City Green staff at a hands-on, educational farm camp at the Learning Farm at City Green Farm Eco-Center. Activities include: leading garden and farm chores and nature-based fun with campers (ages 6 - 8), as well as watering, weeding and harvesting the garden.