Meet The Interns:
Name: Jenny Hagg
Major: Community Regional Planning
Minors: GIS and sustainability
Hometown: Ankeny, IA
Dream career: Urban planner for a large city
Fun fact: I have been to 10 different countries
The past two weeks have been very busy in Benton county! We started off with an orientation where we learned about the county and Old School Produce Partnership. Old School Partnership is a 100% donation garden in Vinton, Iowa. The garden is also 100% run on all volunteers. The garden is at the “old school” and all of the planting happens on the old football field, rumor has it that it was one of best football fields in Iowa. Last year they donated over 20,000 lbs of fresh produce to 9 food banks all over Benton county. With summer here they are looking for many volunteers to help them reach their goal of donating 20,000 lbs of produce to local food banks.
Name: Shay Kent
Major: Global Resource Systems
Hometown: Urbandale, IA
Dream Career: Working with International Food System policy
Fun Fact: I once had lunch with the Vice President of Peru
The past two weeks have been off to a quick start with planning for our fun summer plans! After meeting the staff in Linn, Benton, and Jones counties we were off to work planning for weekly trips to a local summer camp, monthly visits to the Marion Farmer’s Market with the Power of Produce Program, and developing a system for Women in Ag Programming in Linn County. From various planning meetings to creating a few craft kits and lesson plans we were hard at work creating interactive, entertaining, and educational lessons and activities for our county. This also included learning about all the cool programs and lesson options Iowa State Extension has to offer so stay tuned to hear how we implement them throughout the summer!
Name: Tyson Fleshner
Major: Global Resource Systems and Agronomy
Hometown: La Porte City, IA
Dream Career: Field Agronomist
Fun Fact: I spent my spring break this year in Uganda
My work in Jones County has been based on preparing for Summer Science Discovery coming up for the month of June. I have been scheduling, preparing the curriculum and gathering the supplies necessary for the month of programming. We will be doing two and a half hours of STEM based programming in six different towns across the county. The curriculum ranges to work with students from kindergarten through fifth grade and is a great supplement to keeping kids engaged throughout the summer.