Summertime at the farm is exciting for all kinds of reasons, but mostly because there’s a whole lot of new growth. There’s the obvious seasonal transition to warm weather crops, but there’s also more time in the summer to experiment with new varieties, different growing techniques and expansion into previously uncultivated land. Summertime also brings a new crop of interns to help with all these exciting new projects. This year, Katie and Emily join the DCF team for what will hopefully be a rich learning experience of the ins and outs of sustainable farming.
The Duke Campus Farm is dual missioned to be both a production and educational farm. Our summer internship program meets both of those goals by providing in depth learning opportunities for students while also increasing our production possibilities. Read more about Katie and Emily below, and be sure to follow their summer experiences on our blog.
Emily McGinty, Summer Intern
Emily is a rising senior from Pittsburgh, PA. Emily has been involved in growing food at Duke since she arrived in Fall 2009, and is delighted to be around for summertime in Durham. She enjoys working and hanging out at the farm, chatting with people about food issues, and chatting in general. Emily attends classes when she isn’t doing any of the aforementioned activities, and will (hopefully) graduate next May with a fancy piece of paper that says she studied Public Policy. Follow Emily’s summer blogging here.
Katie Jones, Summer Intern
Katie Jones is a rising junior in Duke’s Trinity School for Arts and Sciences, double majoring in International Comparative Studies and Women’s Studies. While she has no real idea where these degrees will lead her, one of her classes, Food, Farming, & Feminism did lead to her first visit to the Duke Campus Farm in fall of 2011. After that visit, she began volunteering regularly at DCF and attending the farm’s many workshops. Besides interning at the farm, she loves reading, crafting, camping, and going on long phishing trips with her boyfriend Chris. Follow Katie’s summer blogging here.