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 

Each year, new members become part of our co-operative family.

We would like to introduce you to our new intern members this year. Meet Nick and Lior.


Meet Nick, born and raised in San Jose, Nick will be graduating with a Bachelor in Environmental Studies degree from San José State University in December 2017. Nick is very knowledgeable about energy policies, green building design, and sustainable agriculture. Working to protect the natural environment, learning ways to conserve resources, engaging in practical and hands-on experience, as well as sharing his knowledge with others is a passion of Nick. As a Smart Yards Co-op intern, Nick is working on building planters with reclaimed materials, photographing and making videos to show case the gardens designed and installed by SYC. He'll also be developing ways to promote the co-op.  Nick also works for the City of San José as a Youth Recreational Leader, where he has spent the last six years creating and running programs intended to engage youth in outdoor activities. In his free time Nick enjoys gardening, hiking, and backpacking. 


Lior Dahan is a Horticultural Design Student at Foothill College who is looking to begin a career in ecological landscape design. Lior is passionate about self-sufficiency, communal living, edible food systems, land restoration, and California native medicinal herbs. But she does not just want to learn she wants to teach others. Using her studies in landscape design she will not only be able to implement all that she is passionate about, but be able to present and pass the knowledge with a working presentation.

Lior discovered the agricultural world when she went traveling and began volunteering on small family owned farms. The first farm she ever stepped foot on was in Israel, and enjoyed it so much she decided to work there and spent eight months living there. She spent most of the time making cheeses, continuously trying to prefect the recipe and learning different techniques. All though this was her primary role she also gained experience in animal husbandry including herding and milking goats and general care of chickens. Another part of her duty was to care for the garden including transplanting, sowing, mulching, composting, harvesting and crop management. Then there was also the store front and small cafe to manage, where the farm sold the cheese that was produced as well as the vegetables the farm grew. This experience has put Lior on a path she never even dreamed of, and has not looked back since. 

Lior is looking to make an impact, using both experience and formal education to transform the way we look at our yards.