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Charumathi Badrinath

As part of her 2019 EE Ford Community Engagement Fellowship, Charumathi revamped the ONWG website, redesigned the organization’s logo, and created an ONWG promotional video.

“Being able to make a real impact on a community organization, especially one which has so much love for others, has been a truly rewarding experience!”

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Sebastian Lee

As part of his 2019 EE Ford Community Engagement Fellowship, Sebastian is helping renovate and plant crops at several ONWG locations.


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Julian Martelly

Julian worked with Ethan Zeplin, as part of his 2018 EE Ford Community Engagement Fellowship. The two planted, harvested, cleaned areas, prepared garden beds, and connected with students from REACH Academy through garden therapy work.

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Ethan Zeplin

Ethan worked with Julian Martelly as part of their 2018 EE Ford Community Service Fellowship. In addition to other activities, the pair also designed a wheelchair ramp for the gardens and attended weekly farmers markets where they helped set up the ONWG booth.


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Sara Crane

Sara began working with Our New Way Garden in its much earlier days. Along with some friends and her high school environmental advocacy group, she volunteered in the New King Street garden a handful of times and found it to be a de-stressing, fun, and social after school activity. Last summer, she served as the Marketing Intern for ONWG, managed its social media accounts, and got her hands dirty working in the garden and greenhouse.

“ It was one of the more fulfilling jobs I've had, and I loved that each day was totally different. Some days we worked in the farm with the bright students of REACH Academy, others we delivered our harvests to food pantries in Westchester, and once we even spent the day making jam with our hand-picked currants! ONWG's activities are so aligned with my personal philosophy: to give back to communities, work harmoniously with our earth, facilitate meaningful connections, and provide an inclusive learning environment. It truly is a team effort - led by an inspiring, creative, and dedicated teacher! I had such a wonderful experience working with the close-knit ONWG community, and I feel so grateful to be able to contribute to an organization that does so much good ...And I loved it so much that I'm back this summer for more!”

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Jessica Seng

Jessica, daughter of former refugees, is from Tucson, Arizona. During her freshman year, she had the absolute pleasure of being a BEAM fellow for Our New Way Garden. She is so excited to see how the organization continues to blossom. Jessica is currently a senior at Stanford University studying Science, Technology, and Society and Creative Writing. One of her favorite places in Samrose Market.