Annie Weinmann ’12
Art and Archaeology
Sustainability Efforts in the Trenton Community
I worked this summer at Isles in Trenton. My personal goal for the internship was to explore a career in an environmental non-profit focused on food and sustainability. I went into the internship hoping to learn about the impact and importance of urban gardens to uplift cities like Trenton. While much of the work felt hands-on and less intellectual, I found that by the end of the summer, I had learned a lot about both aspects of the organization. I helped organize the garden’s CSA (community sponsored agriculture) on a weekly basis, both maintaining the garden and providing information about the produce to the shareholders. Other than working in the garden, the interns worked on a research project we requested to start a process for making community gardens self-sustained. Ultimately, we hope that the gardens will initiate the formation of a co-op where the produce will be sold to corner stores helping eliminate food deserts within New Jersey. My supervisor took the interns to several meetings when we requested more information about initiatives and concerns of the organization. These meetings helped me understand how important connections between non-profits are to achieve an overall goal. While I do not plan to build upon this internship for my thesis, I do hope to pursue a career in sustainable food of some sort, and this internship broadened my horizons about where potential opportunities might be.
Isles, Inc., New Jersey
Meredith Taylor, Isles, Inc