New Faces at BTLT: Introducing our Summer Interns

Wren West and Amelie Pasco will be spending the summer with the Land Trust until mid-August working on stewardship, Garden, and Market projects, plus they will get to spend some time at CREA Camp!

“I am most excited to contribute to the Tom Settlemire Community Garden and the Common Good Garden, and I am hoping to learn more about gardening from all the community members who grow in the garden. I’ve never grown my own garden before, so I’m really looking forward to learning from the wisdom of other plotholders this summer!” – Wren West

Wren is joining us from Bowdoin College right here in Brunswick, where she is a rising senior focusing on environmental studies and anthropology. In her first week with BTLT, Wren got a taste of this Garden experience working with volunteers in the Common Good Garden planting onion seedlings.

“I’m looking forward to spending time outdoors and working alongside community volunteers while learning about local and sustainable food systems! I am also hoping to learn about reaching and integrating a broad range of community members in local initiatives and decision-making processes.” – Amelie Pasco

Amelie comes to us from McGill University in Montreal, where she is entering her final year as a Geography major with a double minor in Political Science and Field Studies. For Amelie, getting to know the volunteers at TSCG and talking to people at the Farmers’ Market has already been a highlight.

In addition to helping out with various tasks, both interns have been working on their own personal projects. Wren is putting together a more complete history of the Tom Settlemire Community Garden piecing together information from the BTLT archive and interviewing the many folks that have been deeply involved with the Community Garden since its inception in 2012, including Tom Settlemire himself! Amelie has been focused on the BTLT Farmers Market as part of our local food system getting to know our farmers, makers, and bakers, exploring how food at the Farmers Market makes it there every Saturday.

Amelie and Wren are also sharing a small plot at the Tom Settlemire Community Garden for the season, where they have planted tomatoes, kale, beets, onions, and some herbs. Amelie hopes to be able to make a beet and goat cheese salad her mom used to make, and Wren is looking forward to making dinners with the vegetables she has grown.

Spending a summer interning with the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust means getting the chance to learn new skills, work alongside members in the community, and get your hands dirty digging in the earth. So far, Amelie and Wren have embraced every learning opportunity adding ‘jumping worm expert’, ‘miter saw operator’, ‘weeding warrior’ along with ‘team leader’ and ‘collaborator’ to their resumes.

We hope you all get a chance to meet Wren and Amelie this summer – be sure to say hello to them when you see them at the Community Garden, the Farmers’ Market, or out on the trails!