Volunteer Profile: Sebastian York

by Abby Zaleski, Communications Intern

York turning compost at CCCG

A freshman at the University of North Carolina, Sebastian York has already found his niche here at the North Carolina Botanical Garden. He began volunteering with the Carolina Campus Community Garden (CCCG) early in his first semester through APPLES Service-Learning, a student-led program that transforms educational experiences by connecting academic learning and public service. He has been volunteering at the garden regularly ever since.

York is very flexible when it comes to tasks that he completes at the garden. Most often, you can find him turning compost, forming beds, planting seeds, harvesting, and weeding. York says that getting to sift soil is his favorite. “10, 10, would recommend,” joked York.

Working at the garden has provided York with many memories throughout his first year at UNC. Two of his fondest memories include watching Claire Lorch, CCCG’s garden manager, get excited over working with mature compost, otherwise known as “black gold,” and talking with friends as he turns compost. York also proudly explained that he broke the record for the most okra picked in a single day at the CCCG. Volunteering at the garden requires a lot of hard work, but the reward of fun with colleagues and newly found friends makes it all worthwhile.

York is grateful for the opportunities that the North Carolina Botanical Garden and working in the CCCG has provided him. “The garden allows me to give something back to the people who are constantly giving to me,” York explained. Working at the garden has given him a small way to promote social and economic justice, while also making friends in the process.

The Carolina Campus Community Garden aims to grow vegetables and fruit so that all employees have access to fresh sustainably grown produce through the shared efforts of staff, students, faculty, and local residents, and to serve as a learning community for developing gardening skills, healthy living, social responsibility, and interdisciplinary academic pursuits. All of the produce is distributed to UNC housekeepers on designated distribution days.

Updated on May 04, 2017 at 09:36:56 am.