In this week’s Photo of the Week, two High Line Horticulture Interns Sarah Ruiz (left) and Raquel Rosado (right) pose proudly with High Line Horticulture Educator Gahl Shottan (center) next to an edible garden they helped plant and tend at Public School 33. We’ve chosen to feature this photo to celebrate these two teens and the important contributions they’ve made to the High Line’s horticulture and the surrounding community over the two months of their internship, which just came to a close.
Sarah and Raquel graduated from the High Line’s Green Corps program in July  and continued on as Horticulture Interns, working side-by-side with the park’s gardeners to help care for our plants through the rest of the summer. This season marked the second year of Green Corps – which exposes teen participants to aspects of environmental science, gardening, and what it means to work in the horticulture field – and the first season of Horticultural Internships. This new internship position uses the skills and knowledge the teens had gained in the Green Corps program as a springboard for more in-depth learning and hands-on experience.
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During their internship, Raquel and Sarah worked closely with High Line Gardener Jordan Aponte on special projects such as tending the High Line’s compost and participating in general landscape up-keep, like watering planting beds. High Line Horticulture Educator Gahl Shottan worked with the pair to plant an edible garden and maintain a perennial garden at nearby Public School 33. The apprenticeship-style program allowed the interns to gain specialized hands-on skills and expanded on ideas that were touched on in the High Line Green Corps program that they excelled in earlier in the summer.
We are thrilled at the success of the program and look forward to expanding the range opportunities even further. Next year, a leadership and teaching component will be included so more New York City youth can be exposed to green careers!
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High Line Horticultural Interns and the High Line Green Corps – part of High Line Community Engagement – are generously supported by the Ford Foundation, with additional funding from The Palette Fund and the Lucius and Eva Eastman Fund.