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Record Number of Young People are Learning Gardening

May 21, 2007

[LIBERTY] – A record number of young people from around Sullivan County are participating in the third year of the Sullivan Renaissance Internship Program.  The program provides opportunities for young people to learn about horticulture as paid summer interns, while assisting local community groups with the care of their flowers and projects.


Sullivan Renaissance is collaborating with the Center for Workforce Development (CWD) to provide internships to 24 students who are supporting the work of multi-level community projects in Categories B and C.  The interns will perform a variety of horticultural tasks between now and Labor Day, including planning and implementation of beautification projects and assisting with care of gardens, hanging baskets and landscaped areas. 


The interns attended a CWD employment orientation on May 16 that focused on work readiness skills and an overview of their responsibilities as Sullivan County employees.  Three days later they were at Sullivan County BOCES Landscape Management Program for an introduction to horticulture and gardening techniques provided by instructor Robert Hayes and Sullivan Renaissance horticulturalist Vivian Ginsberg.  


“The internship program brings value to the Sullivan Renaissance program, as the interns help care for the work of the volunteers,” said Denise Frangipane, who coordinates the program.  “We have a great group of young people this year who braved the chill and rain on Saturday to learn skills that will support their community projects.”


Participants were shown the basics of plant identification, weeding, mulching, pest management as well as safe operating techniques for certain garden tools for which they were certified.  The interns have also been taught the importance of keeping a journal of their activities as a way to effectively track the progress of the project and their work.   


Interns receive support and advice from gardening mentors, and will attend a leadership training event in July.  At the end of the season, they submit a summary of their experience as part of the judging competition.


Sullivan Renaissance provides the funding through the CWD, which administers the program.  Interns are supervised by the Renaissance groups that hire them.


This year’s 2007 Sullivan Renaissance interns are:

·         Bloomingburg: Sallie Anne Gubser

·         Forestburgh: Alexander Nagoda

·         Fremont: Seth Darbee

·         Hasbrouck: Danielle Cummins

·         Hurleyville: Shandi Dainack

·         Jeffersonville: Jamie Hughson

·         Kauneonga Lake: Mathew Goldsmith

·         Livingston Manor: Joseph Gref

·         Long Eddy: Dallas Ripley

·         Lumberland: Benjamin Steimle

·         Monticello Housing Authority: Omar Diaz

·         Mountaindale Action Committee: Carly Bulaga

·         Mountaindale Community Development: Victor Luis Pacheco

·         Neversink: Andrew Garigliano

·         North Branch: Brittany Flynn

·         Phillipsport: Kevin Manto

·         Rock Hill: Tyler Salovin

·         Roscoe: John Clancy

·         Smallwood: Ashley Schick

·         Swan Lake: Valerie LaGattuta

·         Woodbourne: Cheryl Niest

·         Woodridge: Seth Bennett

·         Wurtsboro: Frank Segro

·         Youngsville: Fred Kelder

A number of previous interns have continued their education in the field or gone on to careers in landscaping.


Sullivan Renaissance is a beautification and community development program principally funded by the Gerry Foundation.  Youth participation is supported in part with a grant from the Louis R. Cappelli Foundation.  Additional funding has been secured by NYS Senator John J. Bonacic and Assemblywoman Aileen M. Gunther. 


For more information about the program, contact Sullivan Renaissance at 845-295-2445 or                                                    



Photos of the Interns at the May 16 Orientation and the May 19 Training are Available Electronically. 




Sullivan Renaissance will hold a special environmental seminar for projects on Wednesday, June 6 from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at the CVI Building in Ferndale.