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Meet Cristiano Dias, Grow Education Garden Assistant!

The Marion Institute is extremely pleased and excited to announce our new team member, Cristiano Dias, who will be working with Grow Education as the  Garden Assistant. Cristiano, a 20 year-old resident of New Bedford, has been such a huge help already and comes to us with a wealth of experience and knowledge; he has done garden maintenance for many years now, having volunteered in the New Bedford High School (NBHS) garden before this hire.

When Cristiano was in high school at NBHS, he was enrolled in the class that Grow Education was working with at the time and he quickly became one of the hardest working students in the class. He expressed great interest in Grow’s mission and that motivated him  to volunteer with us. He assumed a larger role in building the NBHS garden and growing the first round of plants. Cristiano then applied for and accepted an internship with UMass Dartmouth to manage the NBHS garden as well as the UMass Dartmouth garden for the summer.

After last summer, Cristiano continued to help Adam on the days where Grow Education would visit the school. Due to his interest and unwavering commitment, he was hired by the Marion Institute to do Garden Maintenance for the Grow Education schools as well as leading small workshops and events on how to use and harvest the garden for community and school programs.

Cristiano is an immigrant from Cape Verde, having come to New Bedford during middle school and has a strong network of Cape Verdean friends and family within New Bedford. Additionally, he is fluent in English, Portuguese, Spanish, and Creole. The Marion Institute is thrilled to welcome Cristiano to our team and we look forward to watching him “grow!”

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