Reflections on Interning at the Skip Garden

Who am I?

My name is Sara and I have been a General Intern at the Skip Garden for four months. I grew up in North London and went to the University of Manchester where I studied Anthropology and Theology. When I discovered Global Generation I couldn’t wait to get involved as it so perfectly combines my passion for nature, youth empowerment and food as a community builder.

Me with Nicole, Silvia, and Paul

Me with Nicole, Silvia, and Paul

What do I do at the Skip Garden?

As general intern I dip in and out of the garden, kitchen teams and focus mostly on youth programming with Silvia and Rachel. The variation of work is the thing that I like most about interning at the Skip Garden. One minute I will be planting fresh herbs for The Greek Larder, supporting a photography workshop with young people, or making Kombucha with our chef’s. Interning at the Skip Garden engages my brain, body and spirit!

Kombucha Making with Vero

Kombucha Making with Vero

The main project that I work on in the Youth Programmes team is ‘Lunch and Learning’. This is a fortnightly programme when a group of children come from a local school to take part in hands on environmental workshops at the Skip Garden. Adults from surrounding businesses in Kings Cross also come to support the children and join in with the activities.

This week, the theme was ‘cultural diversity’. We designed a workshop which explored the diversity amongst the children the staff in the Skip Garden. Vero, our community chef shared her Ethiopian heritage with us taught us how to make Injera, the traditional Ethiopian bread made from teff. We got the chance to have a taste of it and some Ethiopian curry whilst listening to traditional music.The atmosphere was electric!

I shared my Jewish heritage with the group and showed some of the children how to make challah; the traditional bread for Jews which is eaten on Shabbat - the day of rest. We learned about the 15 steps that must happen before the bread arrives onto your plate from sowing the seeds, to winnowing (separating the wheat grains from the husks) to kneading the dough and baking it. Sharing my Jewish heritage with children at the Skip Garden was a real highlight of my intern experience so far.

Lunch and Learning Challah Making

Lunch and Learning Challah Making

Sharing Cultural Heritage at Lunch and Learning

Sharing Cultural Heritage at Lunch and Learning

Reflections

For me, being an intern at the Skip Garden is more that coming to work to complete tasks and make deadlines. I feel that I am part of a community full of meaning, connection, and togetherness with each other and nature. I am learning a great deal about social enterprise which I hope to take with me into my future.  I value the way that we reflect on our work both individually through free fall writing and communally through discussion. This has enabled me to bring myself fully to the work and make connections with people in the team beyond the mundanities of everyday life.