Dear Friedman School Donors and Friends:
Throughout my life, I’ve been committed to finding solutions to the problems that compromise the health of rural communities, family farms, livestock, and the environment. After college I held a policy internship in D.C. where I interacted with Friedman School graduates regularly. In D.C., I saw Friedman alums at the forefront of finding meaningful solutions, excelling in their field, because they understand the complex problems we face.
Now, as a student in the AFE program, I have access to an unmatched interdisciplinary education and the support of phenomenal faculty mentors. My commitment to the agriculture system has only gotten stronger since beginning this fall. Our professors share and spread their enthusiasm and are readily available to meet with students. The opportunity to be in a classroom, learning from a professor whose research inspired me to enter the field is an incredibly moving experience. Our guest speakers are passionate people who come from across the country to share their diverse and unique perspectives related to our coursework. It is impossible not to feel inspired.
The Friedman School network reaches far beyond the classroom. Through the school, I have had the opportunity to work with the New Entry Sustainable Farming Project on the creation of an incubator farm toolkit. During the summer, I will be interning with Organic Valley, a model for possible solutions, and a cooperative whose mission is my own. These opportunities would not have been possible without the encouragement and support of the Friedman School faculty and staff.
To be a part of the Friedman School community is to be a part of a network of people working to understand and solve the most challenging agriculture, nutrition, and food related issues we face as a region, a nation, and a world. I am incredibly grateful to the donors of the Friedman School, whose generous support makes my presence here possible.
Callie Herron, N14 Agriculture, Food and Environment