Meet Sharon! She graduated Dickinson with a double main in Biochemistry & Molecular Biology and Italian Research in 2011. Sharon was first uncovered to the farm by way of her first-year seminar known as “Meals: Consuming, Rising, and Globalization” – her final alternative – and was at first, disenchanted. Nevertheless, a one-day journey to the farm remodeled her attitudes in direction of meals, the land, and sparked fervor within the class. Come Spring semester, Sharon started volunteering on the farm each week. Interned full-time over summer time 2008, and continued as a scholar farmer her Sophomore and Senior years.
Although she had deliberate to turn into a biomedical researcher following commencement, the decision to proceed within the discipline of agriculture was sturdy. She determined to observe this calling, working as a analysis affiliate for a meals and agriculture legislation and coverage non-profit in Washington D.C. for 3 and a half years. After, she pursued a grasp’s diploma on the College of Minnesota – Twin Cities, finding out nitrogen fixation of legume cowl crops in horticultural methods.
Sharon is now a PhD candidate on the identical college. She’s one month away from defending her dissertation (Good luck, Sharon!!!). Having mustered a love for soil, her work revolves closely round it, researching the methods agricultural practices have an effect on soil well being in Minnesota and looking for revolutionary methods to research soil well being. Upon her commencement, Sharon was awarded a Presidential Administration Fellowship. As a part of this two-year fellowship, she is going to be part of the Dynamic Soil Properties Program (the topic of her dissertation work!!!) with the Pure Assets Conservation Service (NRCS) in Washington D.C. the place she can have the chance to do particular particulars and assignments. In the end, she hopes to proceed a lifelong profession of public service.
She recounts her experiences on the farm from a spot of affection and gratitude. For one, it instilled a lifelong love of meals, fiber manufacturing, and land administration which has turn into her devoted profession. She additionally credit her expertise on the farm for constructing a newfound love and appreciation for herself and her physique, and the best way to honor the wonderful work it will probably carry out. The farm additionally taught her the true worth of teamwork and collaboration and gave her buddies that may final a lifetime.
Her favourite reminiscences on the farm, in her phrases – “Principally emotions. The solar on my pores and skin. The sound of the trains going by at 2pm. Figuring out the time by the solar. The annual cleansing of Youngsters’s Lake. Developing the yurts and the excessive tunnels. Swimming within the Yellow Breeches in all my work garments. Potlucks. Printing farm t-shirts at 2am within the print store two weeks earlier than commencement as a substitute of engaged on my Italian thesis paper. The Native Meals Dinner, the place I lastly obtained to pour my coronary heart out to everybody my senior 12 months about how the farm modified my life. Portray the mural within the decrease barn. Portray the indicators for Harvest Fest. The dry, sticky feeling and odor of palms turned black after working within the tomatoes for five hours. The perennial grime below my nails, and in between the cracks of my pores and skin in my palms and ft. Being rained on. Lighting the burn pile. Watching the clouds roll throughout the hills. Seeding flats within the excessive tunnels listening to 97.3, The River, on the previous Milwaukee radio. Planting garlic in tender, freshly-tilled soil. Saying goodbye, and leaving a bit of my coronary heart there, eternally.”