Each year, EYA engages 30 inner city youth (ages 15-30) in 8-week internships at our greenhouse and eco-pavilion learning space in the heart of Strathcona Community Garden in East Vancouver. Each Saturday, youth join EYA’s program manager to help grow indigenous plants and learn about plant propagation and cultivation, seed saving, pollination, drought-resistant gardening, and the role of native plants in healthy ecosystems. Several thousands indigenous plants are grown at the nursery each year. The plants are distributed through plant give-away events organized in partnership with local organizations, including neighbourhood houses, community kitchens, supportive housing facilities, food banks, and community centres. Plant recipients receive a grouping of plants that match the growing conditions at their home and a workshop on plant care and how to grow a healthy, biodiverse native plant garden. The youth interns are encouraged to attend plant give-away events in the local community to share their knowledge and help facilitate the workshops.
To join the internship program or inquire about hosting a plant give-away event, contact Jess at firstname.lastname@example.org