Greenhouse17, Lexington, KY
For ten weeks, Amber assisted in supervising the garden program for Greenhouse17, an outreach center for women and their children who survived domestic violence. Greenhouse17 uses a therapeutic horticulture component as a healing, self-sufficiency avenue for residents that choose to participate in the stipend program or simply need the space therapeutically. Along with guiding stipend workers and developing garden production, Amber assisted in their new venture of manufacturing herbal cosmetics and soaps for retail. After being integrated in this experience she then developed a manual compiling all of the information that had been gained to develop this value-added business production. This solidified an enriching chance to explore entrepreneurial abilities including exploring ethics and values, recognizing opportunities and marshalling resources. Amber is a junior majoring in Agriculture and Natural Resources. Her internship supervisor was Jessica Ballard. Nancy Gift served as primary faculty sponsor and Dr. Peter Hackbert served as secondary sponsor.