The final days of August marked the end of Sierra Institute’s second year of offering summer internships to local high school students in Greenville. Not only were we able to hire two students from Greenville High School (GHS) to work in the GHS garden and on the Plumas National Forest, but we also enlisted a recent graduate from Feather River College, Taylor Bruzza, to help supervise the interns for certain projects. High school teacher Dan Brown provided countless hours of supervision and mentorship to our interns as he worked with them in the production garden.
Our interns this summer were Lily Henderson, who entered her senior year this fall, and Emma Sordi, who started September as a junior. Both Emma and Lily were interested in the internship program to learn more about garden (both have their own gardens at home!), as well as the opportunity to build skills and develop their resumes.
Taylor, an alumni from our PCREW program, helped with sampling native plants being grown in the garden, and monitored restoration plantings in the field with Lily and Emma. In the photo to the left, Taylor, Lily, and past NR intern Luis, transplant sedge seedlings for a fen restoration project near Buck’s Lake.
Some of the highlights from this year’s internship included:
Collecting data on trees GHS students had planted eight years ago as part of restoring the Moonlight Fire burn.
Monitoring rare and endemic Webber’s milkvetch plants the USFS is growing at the GHS greenhouse.
Completing a high tunnel to allow the GHS garden class to produce more vegetables later into the season for use at the GHS cafeteria.
Installing irrigation systems throughout the GHS garden to support production of vegetable crops.
Assisting with planning the GHS garden expansion with Mr. Brown, including identifying which plants might do best in different areas of the garden.Developing resumes and discussing career paths that utilize skills the interns developed this summer.
Sierra Institute thanks Emma, Lily, and Taylor for their hard work, the Plumas National Forest for supporting these internships through Moonlight Fire Settlement dollars, and GHS teacher Dan Brown for all his support throughout the summer!