Friday, June 1, 2012

Meet This Year's Garden Crew

This summer marks the 4th year for the Saint Michael’s College Organic Garden and it has come quite a ways over the last 4 years!  The success of the garden program would not be possible without its amazing summer crew.   This summer, the garden welcomes Karri Makinen ’12 and Jerry Carter ’13.

MEET KARRI:

Karri just graduated with a Bachelor of Science, magna cum laude degree in Biology and a minor in Environmental Studies (she was also inducted into Phi Beta Kappa).  A native of New Hampshire, Karri sought out the Organic Garden internship to expand her knowledge of gardening techniques and gain more skills through the program’s hands-on educational experience.

While at SMC, not only was Karri involved in numerous clubs and organizations (from being a leader of Green Up, a member of SLAM, Food Justice Club and participating in the Environmental Council), she also took advantage of the college’s amazing Study Abroad program.   Karri spent the Fall 2010 semester studying Wildlife Conservation and Political Ecology in Tanzania. 

Interesting fact: Karri plays the flute!
Favorite Vegetable: Cucumbers and Zucchini (although she doesn’t play favorites in the garden)

 We’re excited to have Karri bring to the team her experience as landscaper with the Windham Foundation (Grafton, VT) and Farmstand crew member with Alyson’s Orchard (Walpole, NH).

MEET JERRY:
Jerry will be going in to his senior year this fall, majoring in Sociology with minors in both Environmental Studies and Political Science.  A native of Massachusetts, Jerry joined the summer garden crew out of his deep passion of permaculture and desire to gain more hands on experience working with the soil and learning to sustainably manage a small-scale organic farm.

Jerry is very active on campus, participating in SLAM, MOVE, Fix it With Five, and the Wilderness Program.  After his first year at SMC, he participated in MOVE’s international service trip to Kolkata, India.  In his sophomore year, Jerry traveled to Ecuador to research the effectiveness of the UN Millennium Development goals.  Just this past spring, Jerry was the first student to participate in the new semester exchange program between the Association of Vermont Independent Colleges by spending the semester at Sterling College in Craftsbury, VT.

Interesting Fact:  Jerry is training for a triathlon at the end June
Favorite Vegetable: Green Pepper

We’re excited to have Jerry bring his passion for gardening and interest of pursuing a career that helps reconnect people to the land and communities they are part of to the team.

Don’t forget to follow what’s happening in the garden this season by checking out the Garden blog (updated every Friday during the growing season): http://smcvtfarm.blogspot.com/.  And you can check out the garden’s photo journal as well: http://picasaweb.google.com/SMCOrganicGarden    

Stay posted for info on when our first farm stand of the season will be (we're hoping mid-July if not sooner)