INTERN SPOTLIGHT! Mary Jean Osborn
The Wedge Community Garden considers itself blessed to have so many collegiate interns contributing to the garden and making it such a success! This is all possible through the Wedge Connect Program; a program that allows college students to take on their own project for the garden, in order to give them experience in their chosen field of study while being mentored by an experienced professional. Each intern is so special within the Wedge community and so, we want to draw attention to all the wonderful things that they are doing!
|Photo: by Sarah Beach|
Mary Osborn has been an intern with the Wedge since August 2014. She is a junior at NC State studying Biology with a concentration in Ecology, Evolution, and Conservation Biology. Mary was looking for an internship involving conservation and ecology when she found the Wedge Connect program through NC State. She joined the team within a week of applying and was anxious to get started working in the garden! Mary is a very enthusiastic and hands-on intern; on her first day, she was already planting garlic!!
|Photo by Emily Ferdyn|
Mary’s main project has been starting up the perennial garden along the edge of the property. With her help, the perennial garden has come a long way and is truly an eye-catcher for anyone walking by. With mentorship from Cindy Sanborn, a Landscape Design Artist on regional perennials, and help from groups including AmeriCorps and Service Raleigh, Mary has been able to beautify this part of the garden and plant many different types of flowers. Many neighbors have stopped by to compliment us on the flowers! When Mary is not working specifically on the perennial garden, she works on the general aesthetics throughout the Wedge. You can see all her hard work from any spot in the garden and we just don’t know what we’d do without her!!
Mary loves the garden because she enjoys getting her hands dirty while also learning people skills along the way! Mary is a natural leader and mentor. She is further developing these skills, with the Wedge’s encouragement, through mentoring high school students in the garden on Saturdays. Below, she can bee seen showing one student how to trench compost as she shares her college journey with him.
Until she got this internship, she had never planted vegetables before and she has already learned so much in such a little amount of time. Her advice to anyone getting started at Wedge or any garden out there, is to stay positive and keep trying because gardening is definitely something that you learn as you go! Mary’s dream for the garden would be a pond or a chicken coop… but she will settle for keeping the garden beautiful (:
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