Interns Reflection: Bethanie
By Bethanie Patch
Interning with the Association for Urban Farming Israel was an opportunity to gain insight into the day-today operations of a non profit organisation and most importantly, learn about the growing importance of urban farming.
While many people would assume that my background in law and arts is seemingly incongruous to an interest in urban farming, I have always had an interest in innovation, sustainability and maintaining a healthy lifestyle. However, beyond books I’ve read about reducing plastic waste and being a vegetarian, I was relatively unaware about the problems associated with food waste before this internship. While I have grown up with a flourishing herb garden at my house and a green-thumbed grandma, urban farming - both in practice and in theory - was a relatively new concept to me.
I am so thankful that this experience has enabled me to learn all about growing my own food, from using hydroponics systems to preparing seedlings. We have been given practical knowledge in operating an urban garden that has certainly inspired me to start my own at home in Australia. Not only does the food taste better, but it is so thrilling to see the plants grow through your efforts! Certainly, as the world’s population continues to grow, the effective use of urban space is crucial in ensuring that everyone has access to nutritious food.