Internships - non-paying

Internship Program: New York City Community Gardens 2010

Application instructions:

Step One:
Please read all the information for perspective interns and write to us on:
a) which areas you need most to learn from
b) areas you would most share your learning with us
c) how you are feeling about this internship and where you are right now.

Step two:
Send us resume, pictures, writings, art, music, ….

Step Three:
Meet in person at our office or close by community garden, otherwise making time for a phone interview.

Contact Person: Aresh Javadi
Please email us your information to
Any further questions please call 917 518 9987 field cell phone/messages

We cover:
√ Advocacy/Civic Participation
√ Arts/Culture
√ Community Development/Organizing
√ Economic Development
√ Education
√ Environment
√ Fundraising
√ Health Care - plant outdooors based
√ Housing and green-space collaborations
√ Job Training
√ Legal Assistance, land use, defense, increase, city/state legislation
√ Nutrition
√ Public Policy/Research
√ Youth Development

key population serviced:
We collaborate with South Bronx, East Harlem, Lower East Side, and other citiwide community gardeners and serve their local community as a whole. We work mostly with persons of Latino and African American heritage, which is reflective of the demographics in the above neighborhoods. Among our active projects, the population’s age ranges from pre-school to senior citizens.

Core services/programs:
Art (Murals, Puppetry, Bike Carts)
Community Organizing
Creating Housing Alliances
Environmental Educational Programs
Legal/ Research Assistance
Sustainable Urban Planning
Workshops & Events

Position Title:

1. Summer Camp Environmental Educational Assistant
Puppeteer / Muralist

2. La Finca del Sur Urban Farm Project in the South Bronx:
a. Bioremediation / Alternative Energy
b. Sustainable Builder – Carpentry, Bicycle Mechanic
c. Sustainable Designer , Solar, Water systems, Wind, etc
d. Community Organizer
e. Urban Planner

3. Creating and working on city wide Legislation to protect and create new community
community gardens Legal / Research Assistant

4. Fun-drasing & Grant-writing
a. organizing musical, performances and wondrous benefits in the community gardens
b. using words to bring in many fortunate blessings

Summer 2010 contact persons:

1- Environmental Education/Summer Camp: Leroy Huston
2- Legal/ Research: Aresh Javadi
3- La Finca del Sur:Aresh Javadi, Karen Washington
4- Grantwriting: JK Canepa,


1. Environmental Education Summer Camp: Planning activities and working at Padre Plaza community garden through July with 8-12 year olds in in the South Bronx.

2. Permaculture Gardening: Maintaining communal plots and outreaching to the neighborhood.

3. Legal/ Research: Monitoring the status of endangered community gardens and learning the intricacies of Land Use Review Process, which proceeds evictions and displacement. Garden preservation lawsuits.

4: Bioremediation/ Alternative Energy: Using low tech (hands on) methods to de-toxify and build sustainable systems in community controlled land in the South Bronx.
5: Book Design/ Editing: Editing The More Gardens! Book. This book includes the history and methods to make community gardens in New York permanent and sustainable. The writing and images are gathered from many different sources.

6: Puppetry/ Murals: Collaborative and politically relevant art projects during the Summer Camp with 8-12 year olds and outside. Public Art.

7. Grantwriting: Writing and editing grants for More Gardens! Coalition, and our allies.

8. Sustainable Carpentrys: Work in the South Bronx Community Garden/Farm to complete our greenhouse, stage, and bed projects. Also work on rainwater catchment, possible future projects on bicycle parade carts, and pedal powered generators.

9. Sustainable Design: Working with a team of architects, planners, and community people to develop and actualize a new community center for the South Bronx with green building features and open space.

10. Community Organizing: Bringing together the South Bronx grassroots organizations. Community outreach to gardeners and garden advocates. Working with the South Bronx United Gardeners (SBUG) to maintain and increase their momentum.

11. Urban Planning: Mapping potential community green spaces in the South Bronx. Working with Harlem United Gardens to make the gardens permanent and enhance their sustainability.