I am in my second season as the gardener for the Morris-Jumel Mansion at Roger Morris Park in Washington Heights, NYC. Please contact me at jardinera.karen ‘at’ gmail.com to sign up for volunteer opportunities which happen monthly.
In 2014 I was a John Nally Horticultural Intern at Wave Hill in Riverdale, Bronx, NY. Under the tutelage of the gardeners I received an intensive hands-on education, learning about all aspects of maintaining the 28-acre public space.
I also had the great honor of interning once a week for the Horticultural Society of New York’s GreenHouse program at Rikers Island jail complex in NYC. This experience was one of the most fulfilling and humbling pieces of my education, and I highly recommend it to any parties interested in social justice, volunteering, gardening, and horticultural therapy. Here’s a wonderful article in July 2013’s Edible Manhattan Magazine: http://www.ediblemanhattan.com/topics/education-topics/growing-new-lives/