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!
Christina McChesney is currently a senior at NC State studying biology. Christina was looking for an internship when she stumbled upon a pest control internship in the Wedge Connect Program. She joined the team shortly after and was eager to get started working in the garden! As an intern through the Wedge Connect program, Christina has had the opportunity to work with a Master Gardener Rich Woynicz; who has taught her how to help the garden grow, stay pest free, and use water wise watering.
Although Christina applied for a pest control internship, her main project thus far has been creating various maps of the garden. She initially created a map of the herb garden and is now working on designing a complete map of the garden including an index of what exactly is growing throughout and where. While this may seem like a tedious and unpleasant task for some, Christina has approached it with enthusiasm because she knows it will help the garden better communicate with the community and help visitors find what they are looking for. Christina and this project are essential because it makes it easier for community members to use the garden that is meant for them!
In the future, Christina hopes to design an outdoor vermicomposting area at The Wedge. For those out there who have never heard of vermicomposting (like myself!), it is composting that primarily uses red worms. Christina has had her own personal vermicompost bed for years but can’t wait to put one to use in the garden and observe how it applies to outdoors. Christina will be working with a corporate group in the garden to help them learn how to compost their kitchen scraps. Learning opportunities like this are what the Wedge Connect program is all about and we are so happy that Christina can have this opportunity!
Christina loves the garden because it “allows for all types of people to have a chance to invest in their community!” She sees that the garden offers many benefits from taking home produce to gaining valuable learning and growing experiences. If asked by a newcomer to the garden, she would say that anyone can get involved and there’s so much to do here beyond basic garden tasks. You never know who you are going to meet or what you might learn!
We are so grateful for all that Christina has done so far at The Wedge and cannot wait to see what her future holds!