Taproot Kitchen is proud to introduce MIkaela Axman as their Summer Intern who will be managing the Mazza Community Garden this year. Mikaela is a senior English major at Penn State, with plans to get her Masters in Business Administration in the future. She loves to read, write, travel, cook, and do everything there is to do outdoors! She enjoys hiking, climbing, backpacking, and has recently become a yoga enthusiast. Looking for opportunities to be outdoors led her to get involved with the Penn State Student Farm, which arranged for her summer internship with Taproot Kitchen and the Mazza Community Garden.

When Mikaela was looking for an additional minor to add to her resume, she found that Civic and Community Engagement was a good fit for her interests and would provide an opportunity to work with non-profits, an interest that she would like to pursue professionally. As a result, this summer you will find Mikaela at the PSU Student Garden in the morning; in the afternoons, she will be dividing her time between PlowShare Produce in nearby Huntingdon County and Taproot Kitchen’s Mazza Community Garden on South Atherton Street.

If you are interested in working at the Mazza Community Garden, email Mikaela at mikaelaaxman512@gmail.com to find out more information. Michaela will be offering weekly garden work days, typically on Thursday evenings, but there will also be additional opportunities to volunteer. Her plan is to organize a monthly google calendar in which volunteers can sign up at their convenience. She welcomes anyone from garden enthusiasts to those who simply enjoy being outside working in the earth. Taproot Kitchen will be gleaning the local fruits, vegetables, and herbs from the garden to prepare and serve TK signature menu items at local catering events. Come join the TK gardening team!

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Taproot Kitchen depends on the support of our local community. From donations of extra food to funds that directly impact our ability to streamline our catering business, your extra help goes toward helping adults with intellectual disabilities engage in meaningful work and enter into the wider community of State College.

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