Cheers to Ms. Whitney, we'll miss you in our gardens!
For the past year, weâ€™ve been so fortunate at City Schoolyard Garden to have Whitney McDermott, a Senior Fellow from the Allegheny Mountain Institute, on staff as the Elementary School Programs Fellow.
Whitney is a joy to work with, both in the garden and in the office. Her humor, hard work, kind spirit, and patience brought so much to CSG and all the staff, board, garden coordinators, partners, volunteers, teachers, and students that are a part of our work.
In the office, Whitneyâ€™s work building our volunteer program, designing, drawing, and writing for the newsletter, coordinating workdays and material requests, working with the GCs and partners to build sheds and fences, and supporting Jeanette in innumerable ways with her work as the Executive Director has been vital to the success of our programming in the Charlottesville schools.
In the garden, her calm and curious nature was the perfect fit for engaging youth. Whitneyâ€™s work with after school clubs, in-school classes, and weekend workdays has strengthened and supported the work of our garden coordinators at the elementary schools and grown the garden bounty coming out of the gardens themselves. Hereâ€™s what the GCâ€™s had to say about their time working with Whitney:
"We couldn't have made it through the year without Whitney!"
â€œWhitney was nothing short of perfectly awesome to work with, always ready to lend a hand, or an ear.â€
â€œHer calm disposition and enthusiasm made working with her a pleasure.â€
â€œHer work with teachers on a project-based-learning (PBL) lesson in the garden was critical. I know that some teachers were apprehensive about the lesson, but now they are big believers in project-based learning. I firmly believe that one of the reasons it all went so well was Whitneyâ€™s help.â€
Itâ€™s hard to think of CSG without Whitneyâ€™s presence each day, but weâ€™re excited to see what she goes on to do next (and to have occasional guest appearances from her in our gardens)!!!
Thanks for everything you do and are Whitney!
~ Emily, Jeanette, and the CSG team