I’ve always been a person who has wanted to help on a bigger scale, from my 5th grade experience coordinating a massive bake sale fundraiser for the tsunami victims, to my current work with the Governor’s State-Wide Youth Council on the anti-bullying bill. Something I’ve really come to enjoy is bringing ideas I’ve learned back to the island; my college education and other activities made possible through the Fellowship will help me further sustainability efforts here. I intend to study Sustainable Agriculture Management with a minor in Political Science at Hampshire College beginning in the fall of 2013. Before that I’ll be doing an immersion year in New Zealand through the Communicating for Agricultural Education Program (CAEP). I’ll work on a ranch during the calving and lambing season, learning about the care and feeding of sheep and beef cattle, herd management, marketing of crops and livestock, all while gaining exposure to New Zealand’s pastoral-based farming and waste management system. I’m excited by the prospect of bringing what I learn back to the Vineyard. My long term goal is to own and manage my own sustainable, pastoral-based farm, modeled after the work of Joel Salatin (Family Friendly Farming. The Sheer Ectasy of Being a Lunatic Farmer). I chose the FARM Institute as my sponsoring organization because it has been a huge part of my life since the second grade. This summer I’ll have the chance to teach kids the many wonders of farming, and in future summers at the FARM, I hope to work on enhancing the FARM’s composting system.