City Green is excited to announce that the 2023 Growing Strong High School Internship application is now available. High school students from Clifton and Paterson are encouraged to apply on our website by Wednesday, May 17th.
Every summer, Growing Strong High School Interns join City Green to work with us in our farms, at our markets, and at our summer garden and farm camps. Growing Strong Interns participate in an enriching youth development program and develop a wide range of transferable skills while immersed in the fields of community-based agriculture, gardening, and nutrition security. By working at City Green, 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 is definitely one of the best opportunities I have crossed throughout my high school career so far,” Growing Strong Junior Crew Leader Jada Witter shared. “It exposed me to the amazing organization that is City Green and it led me to meet so many awesome people. I can't wait for this program to continue this summer so I can exercise my responsibility, leadership, and teamwork skills!”
Growing Strong interns apply to join one of three crews: Farm Crew, Garden Camp Counselors, or Farm Camp Counselors. While each crew has different everyday tasks and responsibilities, all Growing Strong interns are immersed in aspects of farming, gardening, and education.
Farm Crew Members
Farms: Interns learn and practice the basics of farming like planting crops, weeding beds, and harvesting fresh produce at the Farm Eco-Center in Clifton
Markets: Interns support City Green staff in setting up, selling produce, and creating access to fresh food for members of our community.
Schedule: Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm.
Garden Camp Counselors
Help provide hands-on, nature-based, educational garden lessons for children ages 6-10 at Garden Camp at Eastside Park in Paterson
Assist in maintaining Eastside Park’s gardening space by weeding, watering, and harvesting raised garden beds
Schedule: Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm.
Farm Camp Counselors
Support Farm Camp in the Farm Eco-Center's Learning Farm
Provide hands-on, "Dirt to Table" garden lessons that teach campers ages 5-8 about gardening, composting, pollinators, flowers and herbs, and more
Schedule: Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 8:30 am - 1:30 pm.
In addition to supporting City Green’s programs, Growing Strong interns participate in an enriching youth development program that enhances their skills, builds community, and ensures college and career readiness. Growing Strong interns attend field trips to local colleges, build career skills by creating resumes and practicing financial literacy, and participate in biweekly food systems and food justice workshops. These workshops enhance the students' understanding of food systems, food justice, food access, and the overarching concept that food is a human right. By taking part in these workshops, students gain a deeper understanding of the work they are doing with City Green and leave them with a lifelong understanding of the importance of food access and relationship to food.
High school students from Clifton and Paterson currently enrolled in grades 10-12 can apply for the Growing Strong high school internship program here by Wednesday, May 17th. In addition to completing the online application, students request a letter of reference to be submitted on their behalf by Wednesday, May 17th. The letter of reference form is available here.
City Green is a 501(c)3 urban farming and gardening organization based in Clifton, New Jersey working to revitalize urban areas through agriculture and educational programming. It offers practical, technical and financial resources in support of environmental stewardship, equitable access to healthy food, and ecologically sustainable communities. For more information contact Jasmine Moreano, Director of Community Engagement and Advocacy or visit www.citygreenonline.org.