Penn State Philadelphia Summer Interns
Posted: June 20, 2014
Both Akeem Adekanmbi and Adam Lauer are recent graduates from the College of Agricultural Sciences (class of 2014), and Andrea McCullough is going into her third year at the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture at main campus.
Adam and Akeem spend most of their time working with two long-standing Penn State partners, The Enterprise Center and Heritage Farm. The Enterprise Center is a Philadelphia based incubator for entrepreneurship. They also provide a number of community outreach endeavors, including a small farm/ community garden at 46th and Market Street. The Enterprise Center is also the home of West Philly Foods, a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program that provides fresh food to local residents.
Heritage Farm is an approximately 4-acre site of a former baseball field housed within the Methodist Home for Children, which helps support single women and families in need. Heritage Farm provides fresh produce for restaurants and the CSA at the Enterprise Center. Additional produce also goes directly to the residents at Methodist. Both Adam and Akeem’s presence this summer is helping these sites increase their capacity for the short term, while also using their knowledge from Penn State College of Ag Sciences to help guide future growth beyond this season.
Andrea has a strong interest in urban agriculture and is using her skills to help inform the work of the CSA program that is shared between The Enterprise Center and Heritage Farm. All 3 interns then meet on Thursday’s to work together. The Penn State Center is also very pleased that the Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture has become partners in our new center, and now houses a studio space for students to have an urban center to work from. Andrea is also using some of her time to help assist in how this space will be used next fall and future semesters moving forward.
We would like to send special thanks to Penn State Extension Director, Dennis Calvin, College of Agricultural Sciences Associate Dean for Undergraduate Education, Tracy Hoover and the Schreyer’s College for their valued support in making these internships possible.