As the summer begins, the Knoll at Middlebury College is more than excited to welcome its new cohort of interns! These wonderful folks will be learning, growing, and working in the garden for the whole summer, taking on some cool independent projects too. Feel free to say hi if you see them working around the garden… this crew doesn’t bite either!
Samia (no pronouns, just Samia), of Dhaka, Bangladesh + Los Angeles, California, is a rising sophomore studying neuroscience and psychology. Samia is an extroverted introvert, someone who loves listening to people’s stories and connecting them to Samia’s own life. This process shows Samia how interconnected all of our lives are, without even knowing. When asked how nature show’s up in Samia’s life, this was Samia’s response: “I was originally born and raised in Dhaka, Bangladesh until I was eleven. Some of my fondest memories from back then takes place in my grandparents’ village. It would take forever to get to the small town and the thin roads were always surrounded by bright fields of mustard, rice, wheat, and maize plants. Soon when I moved to a large suburban city in LA, California, I realized how much I had appreciated seeing those views once or twice every year. I think this yearning to recreate the same happy memories led me to get over my superstition that I had the opposite of a green thumb. I started growing my own plants from seeds that I saved while cooking and just learning and experimenting in small scale. The first time I visited the knoll, it was like love at first sight.”
Raechel (she/her/hers) hails from Ashe County, North Carolina. An ultimate frisbee player, conservation biologist, flower enthusiast, brassica-skeptic, and short king. “I grew up in the woods in Western NC and have always found myself most comfortable close to trees and water,” said Raechel. “My dad always kept a large garden in the summer and getting my hands into the soil with him and reaping the rewards at the dinner table gave me a forever love of growing food, even though most of the agriculture in my hometown was Christmas tree farming. I’m especially interested in perennial agriculture and loved my internship last summer working with the New Perennials Project and am beyond excited to build on that experience and spend time in the sun at the Knoll this summer!”
Day (they/them/theirs) calls the South home but now lives in Middlebury! They are a rising sophomore studying neuroscience and gender/feminist studies. Day is a certified tree-hugger, fan of fantasy books, and coffee drinker. They shared, “I have been gardening for most of my life and am a big animal lover as well as a plant-parent. My favorite activities involve the outdoors (swimming, hiking, biking) and I feel the most grounded when I am outside in the dirt. The environment impacts every aspect of my life from my studies to my family to my diet. I know that I am just one part of a huge planet and I live my life with the earth as my center.”
Andrés (he/him/his), of Los Angeles, California, is a rising junior studying Environmental Justice. He describes himself as a rebel rouser (the good kind), a lover of people and nature, an un-learner and learner, and a coffee aficionado. When asked how nature shows up in his life, this is what he said: “The outdoors have always been a space for me to take a breath in this fast-paced world (sometimes… not always). It’s important to me that I do everything in my capacity to make these garden/farm/outdoor spaces warmer, brighter, kinder, and more comfortable for others, so that the option to enjoy these spaces is always there. I’m certain that my time at the Knoll will give me the tools and experience needed to build liberating outdoor spaces.”