Emma is a rising sophomore feb here at Middlebury who enjoys all things food, farming and french. Emma got involved with organic gardening at a vegetable garden in New Canaan, Connecticut where she spent her mornings working in the garden and afternoons at the local food pantry. Her spirit animal is a bunny and her favorite gardening activity is planting flowers. Emma’s spirit vegetable is the sugar snap pea. Emma is pisces, her favorite color is blue because she is an enthusiastic supporter of the Middlebury Panthers. Emma loves granola bars. Emma’s idol is Jay Leshinsky.
Asher is a rising sophomore feb from Lyme, NH. He is a proud Aries and finds that his star sign often dictates his day-to-day decisions and habits. Please don’t use this info to exploit his weaknesses, it will work. When at the garden his favorite activity is contemplative weeding, usually with a plastic bucket to sit comfortably. He grew up on a small farm with vegetables, sheep, chickens and honey bees and is excited to continue his small scale farming career here in Middlebury. On the weekends, Asher enjoys making short films and recently took up the sport of amateur squash. He also enjoys building things that he does not have. See him riding his bamboo bike, his longboard, or perhaps his surfboards if it rains enough. He is a fan of free food, so if there are summer events he can crash, let him know! Asher’s idol is Jay Leshinsky.
Mike, from South Jersey, will be a Junior feb when he returns to Midd in the spring. He enjoys admiring the tomatoes and nibbling on colorful chard leaves as a rejuvenating snack. Mike runs hurdles for the Varsity Track and Field team, works as the Chief Procurement Officer for Middlebury Foods, and shoots film photography of his friends in action. His favorite spirit animal is a wolf, and he thoroughly enjoys the color blue. Mike’s fondest farming memory is watching Emma and Asher step on, and be stung by, a bee while walking through its clover forage. He is excited to learn about the dynamic food system of Addison County and the fundamentals of organic farming. His idol is Dan Campbell of the Philadelphia-based pop punk band The Wonder Years. Fun fact: Mike has not received a haircut in one year and one month and doesn’t plan on receiving one anytime soon. His other idol is Jay Leshinsky.
Claudia is a rising junior from NYC. She is a Political Science major and Spanish minor. She will only be here for part of the summer because soon she will start a whole year abroad in Buenos Aires, Argentina. She is also working as one of the Weybridge Preservation Interns this summer to get ready for next year’s yummy meals. Her spirit animal is a cross between an otter and a house cat and her favorite color is sea foam green because it was the color of her baby blanket that she kept for way too long. She decided to work on the farm because she loves to be outside and because she wants to get as much sun as possible before going to the Southern Hemisphere, where winter has just started (noooo!). Claudia’s idol is Jay Leshinsky.
Kate is a rising junior Feb from Annapolis Maryland. When she is not hard at work at the Middlebury College Organic Farm, Kate enjoys hiking, cooking, swimming, reading, doing puzzles and eating watermelon on her front porch. She also considers herself to be an avid tomato enthusiast and is conducting a study this summer on the effects of biochar (an agricultural waste derived soil amendment with potential as a sustainable carbon fixation method) on tomato plant growth. Her spirit vegetable is the walla walla onion, because though on the surface she may appear to be rather shy, she is actually very complex and has many layers in addition to being quite sweet. Kate’s idol is Jay Leshinsky.