We have the best summer interns!

This summer, Hudson Valley Seed’s work has been made possible by our FIVE interns. They’ve kept our gardens alive and helped to reach kids throughout Beacon and Newburgh with their weeks of watering, weeding our growing produce, building new garden beds, shoveling endless amounts of soil and mulch, harvesting and donating hundreds of pounds of produce to local soup kitchens and food pantries, researching educational lessons and preparing lesson materials, teaching kids at community events and feeding sites, chopping hundreds of veggies, and so much more!

Our interns have come to us through community partnerships with the Open Space Institute’s Barnabas McHenry Hudson River Valley Awards; Green Teen in collaboration with Cornell Cooperative Extension and Common Ground Farm; and the Orange County Youth Bureau Summer Youth Employment Program. We’re so grateful to each of our partners for connecting us with these young people and helping leverage the interns’ expertise and efforts to prepare our gardens and educational materials for our summer and fall programming.

The intern team:

  Anya Ptacek , 19, grew up in Garrison, NY. She is majoring in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Food Systems at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has volunteered at a local CSA for many years and works as a server at a local farm-to-table restaurant in Cold Spring. This summer she received the McHenry Award from the Open Space Institute to work with Hudson Valley Seed and assist in building their new gardens at GAMS and Vails Gate elementary schools. She is very grateful to be able to spend the summer with Hudson Valley Seed and expand her interests in environmental education, as well as learn how to engage young communities in growing their own produce.

Anya Ptacek, 19, grew up in Garrison, NY. She is majoring in Environmental Studies with an emphasis in Food Systems at Macalester College in St. Paul, Minnesota. She has volunteered at a local CSA for many years and works as a server at a local farm-to-table restaurant in Cold Spring. This summer she received the McHenry Award from the Open Space Institute to work with Hudson Valley Seed and assist in building their new gardens at GAMS and Vails Gate elementary schools. She is very grateful to be able to spend the summer with Hudson Valley Seed and expand her interests in environmental education, as well as learn how to engage young communities in growing their own produce.

  Mariama Ceesay  is an 18 year old Green Teen "next stepper" happily working for Hudson Valley Seed. She loves working with kids, helping people, and she even has a garden of her own of which she is very proud. Although she describes herself as “very clumsy,” she works hard to make to make the world a better place. Throughout her senior year she volunteered frequently with the National Honor Society. Now that she has graduated Beacon High School, she is planning to major in biology, and is figuring out what to do with the rest of her life.

Mariama Ceesay is an 18 year old Green Teen "next stepper" happily working for Hudson Valley Seed. She loves working with kids, helping people, and she even has a garden of her own of which she is very proud. Although she describes herself as “very clumsy,” she works hard to make to make the world a better place. Throughout her senior year she volunteered frequently with the National Honor Society. Now that she has graduated Beacon High School, she is planning to major in biology, and is figuring out what to do with the rest of her life.

  Jasmin Soto  is 18 years old and has  joined Hudson Valley Seed as a "next step" intern after completing the Green Teen program. She joined Green Teen to be helpful in her community, and has gained more confidence in herself throughout her time here. She attends Beacon High School as well as CTI - Dutchess BOCES, and is concurrently taking a course on security and law enforcement. She is also thinking about joining Skills USA next year, and is looking forward to what the world and the new job bring her.

Jasmin Soto is 18 years old and has  joined Hudson Valley Seed as a "next step" intern after completing the Green Teen program. She joined Green Teen to be helpful in her community, and has gained more confidence in herself throughout her time here. She attends Beacon High School as well as CTI - Dutchess BOCES, and is concurrently taking a course on security and law enforcement. She is also thinking about joining Skills USA next year, and is looking forward to what the world and the new job bring her.

  Jadah Brown  is a rising junior at Cornwall High School. Originally from the Bronx, she moved to Cornwall in the beginning of her freshman year in high school. She always knew she wanted to work in the health field. When she was in the eighth grade she decided that she specifically wanted to become an OBGYN and she has been working towards this goal ever since. Jadah is working with Hudson Valley Seed this summer through the Orange County Youth Bureau Summer Youth Employment Program.

Jadah Brown is a rising junior at Cornwall High School. Originally from the Bronx, she moved to Cornwall in the beginning of her freshman year in high school. She always knew she wanted to work in the health field. When she was in the eighth grade she decided that she specifically wanted to become an OBGYN and she has been working towards this goal ever since. Jadah is working with Hudson Valley Seed this summer through the Orange County Youth Bureau Summer Youth Employment Program.

  Davin Slater  is a rising junior at Newburgh Free Academy Main Campus. He lives in New Windsor, New York. When he goes to college he would like to major in Business. In his free time he likes to hang out with his friends and visit places around Newburgh. Working with Hudson Valley Seed for the summer has been a great experience. Davin is working with Hudson Valley Seed this summer through the Orange County Youth Bureau Summer Youth Employment Program.

Davin Slater is a rising junior at Newburgh Free Academy Main Campus. He lives in New Windsor, New York. When he goes to college he would like to major in Business. In his free time he likes to hang out with his friends and visit places around Newburgh. Working with Hudson Valley Seed for the summer has been a great experience. Davin is working with Hudson Valley Seed this summer through the Orange County Youth Bureau Summer Youth Employment Program.