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.
This agreement 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 not been able to raise all of the funds needed, so the internship has been shortened to a period of three months.