Will is from Westford, MA and is a rising sophomore here at Midd, where he is studying English and Arabic and has yet to take a non-humanities class. He enjoys reading, cross-country skiing, and farming (he’s also a spring-fall intern), and also pretends to like running. Nothing makes him happier than the smell of tomato plants and manure in the morning, except maybe dogs. This summer at the farm, Will hopes to set a record for most weeds pulled in a three month period and also for most defined farmer’s tan/Birkenstock tan combo (he is already nearing the latter). If Will had to pick a spirit vegetable, it would probably be asparagus because even though they make your pee smell weird, they have a pretty good flavor. He is looking forward to getting his hands dirty and exploring the best state in the Union this summer. On his list of favorite farmers, Jay is numbers 1, 2, and 3.
Emma, from Reading MA, will be a Junior when she returns to Midd in the Spring after studying abroad in Copenhagen. There she will be studying Architecture and hopes to find ways to incorporate her interest in Environmental studies with sustainable design. This Summer she is working on the farm and taking part in the Foodworks program where she will be studying Food systems with Professor Molly Anderson. She likes long walks on the TAM, skiing, lacrosse, and the satisfying feeling of pulling out a quack grass root. She loves food and growing it and can not think of a better place to farm than on the knoll. Her spirit vegetable is chard because even though no one is excited to see a swiss chard saute at Ross dinner, she’s proud of the little guys for being our biggest product. After work you can find her scouting out swimming holes and hikes with sunset views, and working to get a better birk tan than maisies chaco tan. Its Jay’s world, we’re all just living in it.
Sam is a joint farm intern and preservation intern this summer, and is a rising sophomore. He is interested in breadmaking, backpacking and beekeeping, and is spending his time at MIddlebury working towards a degree in some sort of Environmental field. Originally from Denver, he hopes to assimilate into Vermont culture this summer, and hopes to win the award for best flannel, severe neck tan, or even best straw hat if he’s lucky. His spirit vegetable is probably an onion, because they are sweet and flavorful even if there is lots of crying. On the farm, he hopes to perfect his scythe twist, achieve perfect ergonomic form in his squat for corn planting, and master the art of turning in manure. He also hopes to make a sourdough loaf that bring the bakers at Otter Creek great pride.
Maisie is a rising junior from Chicago, Illinois and is so very glad to be working at the farm this summer. While the rolling hills and Green Mountains of Vermont are far different from her home ground (flat land and a forest of tall buildings), she likes the new land that she’s transplanted in! She loves the feeling of putting seeds in damp soil, looking past campus to see blue ridges rising in the distance, watching thunder-storms rolling forward, and holding a plant in her hands. Off of the farm, she can be found trying to convince friends to go swimming in rivers, dreaming about food (especially fresh fruits, baked goods, and dairy), reading slowly, or sketching. At school, Maisie studies biology and a smattering of other subjects, from chemistry to gender studies. She is grateful to be spending so much time outside and around green growing things this summer, and hopes to be able to continue doing so beyond the shift of summer into fall. Her spirit vegetable is arugula/salad rocket and her favorite awkward tan line is a crisp chaco-tan.
Vanessa Dikuyama is a rising senior from Medellin, Colombia. She likes growing, making and eating food, and the interpersonal connections that come with it. She is crazy about lentils and the greens (and weeds) that she munches on while working on the field. The most satisfying thing, she claims, is pulling dandelions and horseradish roots from the ground. Besides food, Vanessa enjoys dancing, going on hikes and looking at architecture blogs. Vanessa is a farm intern for the spring and fall of 2017 and is working at the garden for a couple of weeks at the beginning of the summer. She is not escaping the heat of the summer months though. On the contrary, she is searching for warmer lands in her home country during the summer. Vanessa’s spirit fruit is mango and her favorite terrible tan is the raccoon tan.
Julia, who is from Marblehead, MA, is a rising Junior at Midd. She loves being in Vermont (or as her dad calls it, “God’s Country”) and enjoying the mountain views, which are a nice change of scenery from Marblehead’s seaside landscape. At school, Julia is a Sociology/Anthropology and Political Science double major. She loves nibbling on strawberries at the farm and always enjoys pulling up quack grass roots from the garden beds. Julia is a farm intern for the summer of 2017, but other than farming she enjoys throwing javelin for the track team at Midd, walking on the TAM, skiing, and scouting out swimming holes. Julia’s spirit vegetable is broccoli, and she’s been told her hair has a similar texture to it. Her favorite terrible tan is the farmer’s tan and, of course, her favorite farmer is Jay Leshinsky.
Helene Rowland is a rising sophomore from New Jersey, and she’s a foodworks intern working at the farm for the summer. While she has worked on a farm before, she mainly worked with pigs, and so working with vegetables is a little intimidating. That being said, throwing for the track team, working as an FYC, and whitewater kayaking has given her the confidence to face her fears. A large fan of oatmeal, she hopes to use natural remedies to avoid sunburns, but she hopes to acquire a good mid calf before the season is over. Helene’s spirit vegetable is spinach, because it reminds her to ~stay fresh~. She is hoping to translate her skills onto the farm into her environmental economics degree, where she will convince companies to go green, as well as secure Jay’s role as the head of Vermont’s agricultural board.