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 is to provide support for the National Herb Garden Internship and other programs and improvements in the National Herb Garden. This year, the HSA was able to provide sufficient funds for a full year internship, but it is unlikely to have sufficient funds to do so next year and it is likely that the next internship will have to be shortened due to lack of funding.