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Meet the Intern: Emily Backman

October 12, 2021

Florida Gulf Coast University environmental science graduate student Emily Backman has been interning at the SCCF Native Landscapes & Garden Center since July.

Her graduate thesis is focused on the application of native species in landscaping, specifically using native grass species around waterways. She also is interested in the development of sustainable permaculture, which is showcased at the FGCU Food Forest.  “I am excited to apply what I’ve learned about the ecology of Southwest Florida at FGCU to sustainable gardening and landscaping,” she says. “I am so glad to be a part of the SCCF team, and I hope over the next few months to develop the skills to continue a career in native gardening and landscaping.”

Backman, who lives in Estero, is interning through January. She enjoys exploring the island by bike and paddleboard. Through her experience, she adds, “I especially appreciate the chance to develop practical experience both in horticulture and good business practices.”


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