This spring, we welcomed two new faces to the Wolfe’s Neck dairy team. One is part of the dairy apprentice program, while the other joins us as an intern. Learn more about them in their own words:
Wolfe’s Neck Center is my eighth dairy farm and my seventh grazing dairy. I still have a lot to learn and I feel very fortunate to be working and learning under Ben, Steph, and the entire WNC dairy program. I was previously a Dairy Grazing Apprentice in 2019 before pausing my apprenticeship to pursue experience in large-scale food supply chains.
While apprenticing at WNC, I’m continuing to work in supply chain at General Mills. I’m excited to bridge my work at both organizations by getting my hands dirty in some regenerative agriculture research initiatives that Wolfe’s Neck Center and GMI are collaborating on.
Off hours, I can usually be found standing before the dairy fridge at Royal River Foods, agonizing over which kind of yogurt to buy this time.
I grew up in Cambridge, MA with almost no connection to farming, but with a lot of energy and a penchant for expending it outside, preferably in the mud. My first exposure to agriculture was during a fifth-grade class trip to the Farm School in Athol, MA. In high school, I had the chance to milk my first cow on a visit to my grandfather who lives on a dairy farm in New Zealand. I knew then that I wanted to learn more about farming, so after I graduated from high school, I took a year to travel and volunteer on a sheep and cow dairy farm in France. I am currently in college, studying English, and focusing on how we interact with land, animals, and agriculture through literature.
This fall, I took time off from school to pursue WWOOF (World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms), mostly on Shakefork Community Farm in Humboldt County, CA. I loved that experience, but I wanted to have a more stable position, to live closer to home, and to focus on dairy. I found Wolfe’s Neck Center through the Dairy Grazing Apprenticeship program. It seemed like the perfect place to really dig into dairy farming and join the community of organic farmers in New England. I am drawn to the idea of transforming the way that members of this organization and its visitors experience the landscape.
After my internship, I plan to go back to school to finish my degree, and then hopefully find a way to live and work in the intersection of agriculture and culture, and definitely make food. I spend almost all of my spare time cooking and baking, and a fair amount planning what to cook or bake next. I also enjoy jogging, swimming, knitting, and visiting family and friends back home.← Back to Blog