Over the past couple of years, since 2014, I have been lucky to be involved with the Branching Out program in Boston. I have gone through everything they have to offer! starting from the Field team, School year ambassador, park based intern, and now I am currently doing an externship. In September I started attending the University of Massachusetts Amherst Stockbridge School of Agriculture to study Arboriculture which by the way I have enjoyed thoroughly and can’t wait to go back next fall to see my friends and eat at Umass Amherst’s famous dining commons. As a freshman I am required to experience a 5 month internship in the field with certified Arborists, make a herbarium of 100 trees, shrubs as well as write in a daily journal. The Olmstead Center offered me the opportunity to intern with the crew working on the National Mall in Washington D.C.
When I arrived in D.C. in April the cherry blossoms where in full bloom and the weather was much warmer than Boston. I learned many skills through my instruction at school and now I am using those skills and acquiring new ones as I work. Currently I am climbing and using bucket trucks pruning trees at the Police Memorial, the trees must be pruned into a square shapes. This is my first time besides college living alone and taking care of myself such as cooking, shopping, and everything else and surprisingly I am enjoying it!
Readers, I need recipe ideas! If you have anything you recommend that I should cook and try please leave a comment!