Monday, 26 July 2010 11:47
Despite the oppressive heat this summer, the Wakefield Estate's 2010 Interns have been hard at work leaving their imprint on the property. On July 6th, we welcomed 4 of its 8 2010 Landscape Interns, with the compliment of 4 additional interns starting July 20th after participating in our second Archeology session or other educational activities off-site. Each year, the intern crew is selected from applicants who are 16-20 year-old greater Boston area students. This year, we have students from Milton High and a wide array of Boston Public High Schools including Pacific Rim, Boston Latin, Boston Prep and John O'Bryant. In addition, this year we are excited to have a student from Canton High for the first time and a student who commutes all the way from Randolph. So far this season, the interns have been busy helping to build a split rail fence, tending to the chickens, clearing and weeding, and working on projects aimed at improving the growing environment of some of our most special trees. Due to the drought, more time than expect has been spent watering our newly planted high-density orchard, raised bed and other plantings, but we try to blend the heavy lifting with good, practical education and landscape training. The interns will work with us until mid-August, heading back to school or off to college in the fall.
Interns Matt Lema and Malcolm Carvahlo work on the split rail fence project with staff groundskeeper, Dave Cafaro.
Interns Tiona Edwards and Evan Timperi water recent plantings with Landscape Supervisor/Ed Coordinator, Erica Max.
The whole crew prepares to get involved in the Piazza Terrace Project, under the direction of Deb Merriam, our horticultural specialist (in center of photo dressed in all white). This year's crew includes (from left to right) Tiona Edwards, Evan Timperi, Malcolm Carvalho, Matt Lema, Luson Joseph, Brandon Williamson, Jeff Waldman, and Sam Dorilas (not shown in this picture).
Intern Brandon Williamson gets a chance to take Polly's golf cart for a spin. The cart is often used for landscape projects.