Becca has a passion for the study of ethnobiology and joins TFI as a lover of homesteading and fiber arts. Originally from rural New York, she grew up on a hobby farm with sheep, chickens, and vegetables. She attended Connecticut College, where she discovered the fascinating discipline of ethnobotany (useful and edible plants grow everywhere!!). Since graduating she has shared her knowledge and love for people interacting with the environment closely and sustainably in Utah, New Mexico, and Wisconsin at various outdoor education facilities. In her free time, Becca likes to focus on the arts (material, music, and movement), cook, have intense conversations, and walk in thickly forested areas. Someday (in the near future), she hopes to be living as self-sustained as possible on a small farm and sharing her passion for thinking critically about the world around her at a middle school, high school or college level.
Jules is a recent graduate of the University of Vermont where she majored in environmental studies. She is originally from Detroit, but considers anywhere near the ocean her true home. She has worked on numerous farms around the island and in Vermont, and is excited to share her passion of farming with kids! You can catch her painting signs for the friendship garden or swimming at any one of the island’s beautiful beaches in her free time!
James is working here at the farm for his second year in a row after spending the winter in his chosen home of Portland, Oregon. James grew up in New Jersey, but learned to love and appreciate agriculture and natural spaces while vacationing on the Vineyard in his childhood. He is involved with gardening and education at Lewis and Clark College in Portland, where he studies Anthropology and Russian Studies. He hopes he can connect his students to their food and instill a passion for nature and farming. His favorite vegetable is lemon cucumbers and his favorite animal on the farm are the turkeys!
Ryan grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area and is currently a senior at California Polytechnic University. He is studying Agricultural Science and his studies are primarily focused in the cultivation of plants aspect of agriculture. In his free time he enjoys outdoor activities— such as hiking and disc golfing. He feels most in his element when he is riding any type of board, whether it be on top of a mountain or out in the ocean. This will be Ryan’s first summer working as an FBE and he is looking forward to be teaching kids, learning more about agriculture, and meeting great people along the way.
Lauren is from Union, Kentucky but got her start in California and made stops in Ohio and New Hampshire along the way. Although she loves her home state (and will probably incorporate Kentucky into any conversation you have with her) she is really excited to be back in northeast and living on Martha’s Vineyard for the summer.
In May, Lauren graduated with a bachelors of social work from the University of Louisville. While in college, she discovered her love for growing food as a member of the campus urban agriculture and composting projects, working on a tomato farm, and volunteering with a few community gardens across the city. She also spent time teaching sewing & knitting classes. Here on the FARM, she’s excited to learn more about the entire fiber process! Lauren’s favorite thing is to see people come together to cook and grow food!
This summer, Lauren is excited about helping children develop a sense of place and a connection to where their food comes from. In her free time, you will most likely find Lauren running one of the many trails on the island, working in her garden plot, or swimming at the beach.
Amy was drawn to The FARM institute based on her childhood experiences at various Connecticut farm camps. She recently graduated from the University of Connecticut with a degree in marketing. She is excited to spend the summer building her farmers tan on the island and growing her mind at the FARM institute.
Amy once won a farm camp talent show by hypnotizing a chicken.
Wil is from Newton, Massachusetts and is a senior at College of the Atlantic where he studies Human Ecology. Wil has worked on various farms throughout New England and also as a nature mentor, sports coach, and outdoor educator. He is excited to combine his interests in agriculture and education this summer by working as a Farm Based Educator!
Lee comes from the corn capital of the world – Iowa! Though Lee didn’t grow up on a farm, she found her passion for agriculture and education though her involvement in the National Future Farmers of America Organization in and after high school. In the fall, Lee will be finish her final year at Iowa State University where she studies Agricultural Education. She hopes to one day teach high school agriculture classes of her own!
Originally from Auburn California, Kellie has lived along the east coast for the past nine years. She attended Eugene Lang College graduating with a degree in Education Studies. Taking time off before continuing her formal schooling, Kellie found farm-based education to be much more fascinating! For the past three years ,Kellie has worked as the farm manager at Mountain Sweet Berry Farm in Roscoe New York. Bacteria, fungi, protozoa and nematodes are Kellie’s favorite farm organisms. In her free time you can find her taking the temperature of her compost pile or tending to her bean crop. Kellie is the proud owner of an Allis Chalmers G from 1949.
Kacey is the girl who cannot stop talking about goats! Kacey grew up on a small dairy goat farm where she raised, showed, and sold Nubians and Oberhaslis goats. She is a senior at the University of Connecticut majoring in Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources. Kacey hopes to be an Agricultural Teacher in a local Future Farmers of America program. She loves all kind of livestock and especially enjoys working with our steer, Hercules. This summer, she looks forward to teaching campers and visitors of all ages about agriculture and where our food comes from.