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Shannon Bush, left, talks to Robert von Hasseln, right, during Saturday's farmers market.

Casey Croucher/Recorder staff Amsterdam Community and Economic Development Department Director Robert von Hasseln, right, with department summer intern Shannon Bush.


Intern credited with helping to start farmers market

Tuesday, August 12, 2014 - Updated: 10:24 AM


Amsterdam Community and Economic Development Department summer intern Shannon Bush will finish up the post Friday to return to school at Cornell University, but she said she's gained a lot from her time in the city.

"This was such a great learning experience," said Bush, an Ithaca native. "I learned all about team collaboration, met a lot of great people and I'm bringing back a lot of good memories."

Bush was one of five Cornell University students chosen by Cornell University's College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the Community and Regional Development Institute to participate in an internship this summer.

The students came from varying majors and backgrounds, and were assigned host organizations in communities across the state.

Robert von Hasseln, director of the department, said Amsterdam was the only city to be asked to participate in Cornell University's internship program two years in a row.

"The internship program has only been around for two years and we've been asked to participate both years," he said. "It's quite an honor to be selected and the program leads to some great connections for our city."

During the course of the summer, students in the internship program go through a series of interviews, activities and research work to examine how each community can retain and attract a young, educated workforce.

Bush said she met with several different people including HFM BOCES District Superintendent Pat Michel and the Montgomery County Department of Economic Development. She did research for the city, including grant research for the Mohawk Valley Gateway Overlook Pedestrian Bridge.

Bush also had to do a project for her internship.

"I was originally going to do a community fitness trail," she said, "but then the idea of a city farmers market came up."

She said she learned a lot helping with the Church Street farmers market, and spent most of her time working on it.

"I found out that it can be challenging getting and maintaining vendors," she said. "I realized that coordinating and collaborating together is important, and having everyone on the same page is vital."

Von Hasseln said this summer's market would not have been possible without Bush's help.

"Nothing would have happened without Shannon," he said. "She's so hands-on, she doesn't just give you a report -- she goes out and gets it done."

Bush said it felt great when the market finally came together and opened.

"I can go back to school now and say 'Hey, I made something,'" she said.


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