Clare McLaughlin.

Shelburne Farms - Shelburne, VT

Project Description

Strong/Gault Social Advancement Internship Grant Recipient

“Prior to this summer, I had no idea how much food systems, the environment, and agriculture could pertain to social advancement, and I called myself an Environmental Studies major!”

Throughout my internship I had mini accomplishments each day. I was especially attentive to my littlest of experiences that could make my day—perhaps a thank you from a parent or the mastery of a skill—perhaps milking 106 dairy cows. Constantly appreciating these little feats and moments of happiness filled me with passion and enthusiasm for my job, listening to my coworkers, and embodying one of the Farm’s missions: to engage in the complexity of the farm. On a more concrete note, I was proud to jump into responsibility and increase those responsibilities with each week. We call the adult in charge—usually a full-time staff educator—“in the lead” for a specific activity. As time progressed I started to lead activities (including creating and planning the activities) such as an aquatic ecosystem exploration, a trip to the dairy, 5:30 am farm chores, children’s farmyard play, and several more. One scary task that felt great to accomplish was leading Circle. During Circle each day the lead introduces the theme and facilitates a discussion/ activity to engage the group. I led a discussion and charades activity demonstrating how an avocado from California made it into my lunch versus a tomato from the hoop house twenty feet away.

Project Details

  • Date September 1, 2013
  • Tags 2013, Environment, Social Service, Sophomore, Strong/Gault, USA
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