Garden Interns


Our 2015 interns are:


Caleb Hopkins, Senior at Caravel Academy / UD CANR Prospect
Njeri Kimani, Agriculture and Natural Resources 2016
Nicolette Lawruk, Wildlife Conservation 2017
Kara Nelson, Boston University 2018
Katherine Partridge, Mechanical Engineering 2017


The 2014 interns were:

Alexandra Keith
Ali is a freshman UD Plant Science Major from Hockessin, Delaware. Through the “Farm to Table” class she took she found that her calling “is to help provide fresh food to those who unfortunately live in food deserts” through outreach in urban agriculture. After volunteering at Greenville, Delaware’s Coverdale Farms after high school, she began to look at food differently when witnessing the “mass amount of food one can provide without visiting the grocery store.” She looks forward to spreading knowledge of how to grow one’s own food, especially working with UD’s Cooperative Extension Service. When not in the Garden for the Community, Ali may be found scooping ice cream as part of the UDairy Creamery team – she works from one end of the food spectrum to the other!

Abigail Kramer
Abigail Kramer - Garden Intern 2014 - for webAbby is a junior UD Environmental Science Major from Columbia, Maryland. She cannot believe how lucky she is to spend her summer working for Garden for the Community! Previously, she held horticulture jobs at a local garden center, as well as a stint last summer working in vegetable production for Clark’s Elioak Farm in Howard County, Maryland. She can’t wait to bring this knowledge with her to the garden, while also learning new techniques and engaging with the community. When she’s not biking down to south campus, Abby spends her time playing intramural sports, running, and tutoring for the Office of Academic Enrichment.

Kelsey Wentling
Kelsey is a sophomore UD Environmental Studies major and Journalism minor and comes from New York City. She is extremely grateful for the opportunity to work at the garden and use her time to grow produce to benefit the community. When Kelsey is not working or in class, she plays for UD’s club Ultimate Frisbee team, leads trips for the UD Outing Club, and works as an editor for The Review. Kelsey is excited to bring her love for the outdoors and all things that grow to her work at the Garden and is looking forward to a fruitful season!


The 2013 intern was:

Thomas Soares
ThomasSoares2013Tom was born and raised in Santa Rosa, California but moved to Elverson, PA in February of 2007. Now as a junior he studies Environmental and Resource Economics in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources. He is excited to be a part of the project and gain experience in the production of fruits and vegetables as well as give back to the community. He brings with him teamwork experience when he participated in volunteer conservation work in the Galapagos Islands last summer and teaching experience from a part-time tennis instructor job in Newark. Outside of the College of Agriculture, Tom is a member of the Kappa Delta Rho fraternity and Club Tennis.


The 2012 intern was:

Owen Cass
OwenCass2012Owen is from Newark, Delaware. As a junior Plant Science major, he is delighted to gain additional hands-on experience with vegetable production systems and excited to share his enthusiasm with the volunteers. No stranger to hard work, he brings with him experience and passion from a yearlong stint working with Coffeld Farms in Washington where he gained extensive training in vegetable crop production. Owen also worked for three seasons on a variety of landscape horticulture projects. When not in the Garden, he can be found tending to his own garden and beehives at home, cooking, bicycling, and making pottery.


The 2011 intern was:

Renee Connor
ReneeConnor2011Renee is from Severn, Maryland. She is a senior in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, double majoring in Natural Resource Management and Political Science. She is a member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Pi Sigma Alpha Honor Society, and is the Director of Special Events for Delta Gamma Fraternity. Besides gardening, Renn also gets exercise with the UD Women’s Rugby Football Club.


The 2010 interns were:

Dan Ford
DanFord-2010Dan is from Hillsborough, New Jersey. He graduated from UD in May 2011 double-majored in Wildlife Conservation and Entomology.  In addition to his involvement with the Garden, Dan worked part-time with the USDA-ARS Beneficial Insects Introduction Research Unit in Newark, Delaware. Outside of the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources, Dan was a member of the University of Delaware Drumline and Pep Band, and was found showing his school spirit at every Blue Hen football game and basketball game.

Christine Gordy
ChristineGordy-2010Christine is from Seaford, Delaware. She graduated from UD in May 2011 and majored in Landscape Horticulture and Design. She spends her spare time roto-tilling her yard and doing residential landscaping projects. Christine was an intern with the University of Delaware Botanic Gardens in 2008, helping to implement their Lepidoptera Trail. During her time at UD, Christine wrote for the UD Review, acted in E-52 student theater, and attended field trips with the Horticulture Club.