1a.Objectives (from AD-416)
The objective of this service agreement is to allow the Herb Society of America (HSA) to provide funds to ARS so an intern may be hired to support the operation of the National Herb Garden at the U.S. National Arboretum (USNA) and to allow HSA financial contribution toward maintenance and development of the National Herb Garden and its programs if funds are available.
1b.Approach (from AD-416)
The intern involved in support of the National Herb Garden conducts a variety of gardening and other maintenance tasks such as watering, weeding, mowing, mulching, deadheading, fertilizing, and pruning. The intern is also involved in support of the educational and display functions of the National Herb Garden in assisting with the development of educational posters and displays as well as educational programs. The intern also assists in the collection and entry of plant accession data. Aside from assistance in funding the intern, HSA has partnered with the USNA in the development and maintenance of the National Herb Garden and its programs.
A trust fund cooperative agreement between ARS and the Herb Society of America was established to provide support for the National Herb Garden Internship and other programs and improvements in the National Herb Garden. The intent is for sufficient funds to be provided to pay salary costs for a full year for a GS-5 Intern. The Herb Society of America has been able to raise most of the money needed, and funding from the Friends of the National Arboretum that was restricted to support of the National Herb Garden was provided to make up the balance needed for the full year. It appears that the funds available for FY2011 will only allow for a shorter time period of employment consisting of six to ten months. This project is monitored through email, meeting, and phone communications.