Meet Our Interns

Smart Yards Co-op is happy to provide volunteering, training and internship opportunities to college students, environmentalists, nature lovers and aspiring landscapers. Volunteers and interns get a hands-on learning experience by participating in ongoing projects working on tasks such as: conducting customer interviews, material procurement, landscape design conceptualization, design research, explorations and finalization, installation, landscape management, social media marketing, attend and participate in educational workshops and events

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Celebrating Summer Solstice

Apricots - the unofficial sign that summer has begun. Although originally from Armenia, the apricot tree thrives in climates such as the one we have right here in the Bay Area. Consequently, the tree’s branches become heavy with ripe orange fruit around this time of year. The Rossmann family, who receives garden maintenance and the occasional garden do-over from the Smart Yards Co-op team, is one of many Bay Area households who is able to enjoy this bright orange and juicy fruit directly from the tree. 

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Elizabeth Sarmiento
Happy World Environment Day!

On this day, 47 years ago on June 5th 1972, the United Nations “Conference on the Human Environment” was held in Stockholm, Sweden to address the preservation of the earth’s environment. The Result of this 11-day conference is the World Environment Day, an annual UN-sponsored day dedicated to cultivating awareness and promoting action for the conservation of the environment. Later that year, the committee “United Nations Environmental Program” (UNEP) was founded.

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Elizabeth Sarmiento
Happy Earth Day 2019

“In pushing other species to extinction, humanity is busy sawing off the limb on which it perches,” said Paul R. Ehrlich, an American biologist in warning the world about human impact on Mother Nature. Unfortunately, his predictions have become reality. As presented in this article by the Earth Day Network, human exploitation of natural resources, deforestation, and the overuse of pesticides are causing an appalling decline of biodiversity in worldwide habitats. Therefore, the Earth Day Network has decided to dedicate this April 22nd, Earth Day to the cause of Protecting Our Species.

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Elizabeth Sarmiento