Christin: Hello, I’m Christin Kloski, and I’m an intern for Green Bridge Growers for the summer of 2015.
Matt: What benefits you working with us guys on the autism spectrum and how will that help you understand adults with autism better?
Christin: Yes, my work this summer definitely helps me understand individuals with autism better. What I’m doing is learning to work with and train others with different abilities. Just working together really helps us to grow with one another and also helps me understand how different individuals can work together as a team in the workplace.
Matt: How did you get interested in working with people with disabilities, such as here at Hannah & Friends and Green Bridge Growers?
Christin: I first got interested in working with Hannah & Friends when I did an Americorps program my sophomore year in college, and the next year I did an internship with Hannah & Friends. I enjoyed both of those summers at Hannah and Friends. I didn’t know much about individuals with different abilities, but once I was here and worked at Hannah & Friends I really enjoyed it. That interest carried over into Green Bridge Growers. Working with individuals with autism offers a lot of learning experiences, but it’s also a growing experience for both parties.
Matt: What is your favorite thing to do at Green Bridge Growers?
Christin: My favorite thing to do at Green Bridge is pick produce because I like to eat! I also enjoy our daily training and the tasks where we work together every day. We learn and work together to do everything in the greenhouse that’s needed. All the daily tasks help us learn more about what’s required to grow plants and fish in the greenhouse and the tasks build on and complement each other.
Matt: You just graduated from Saint Mary’s College. What did you study there – what was your major and minor?
Christin: I studied political science and English writing at Saint Mary’s, and I minored in Justice Education.
Matt: What will you miss most about the summer? Will you miss all the work at the new site clearing the land and sorting pots (editor’s note: our new site is at a former ornamental greenhouse and GBG is now in the process of clearing out the pots at that site!), or will you miss the time with the Green Bridge Growers team?
Christin: Of course I’ll be missing the pots, but I can’t wait till they move out of the way, because that’s our spot for our new greenhouse. I will definitely miss working with all of you. It’s hard working with individuals every day and then leaving them, because you’re so used to working together. I am glad my first job after college is here in the community so I can stay in touch with you!