Elizabeth Guenther '09

This summer, I travelled to Calypso Farm and Ecology Center in Ester, Alaska, where I worked as a farm apprentice. During my time there, I was involved in every aspect of the operation of this non-profit, education-based farm, including early season field preparation, planting, starting seeds in the greenhouse, managing a drip-irrigation system, building “toe beds” (a tool for space-management technique for sloped agricultural operations), weeding, harvesting, CSA planning and distribution. As a fully-functioning, self-sustaining farm and educational center for Interior Alaskans, I was also an active part of its diverse activities and tasks, including: working in the Schoolyard Gardens (as part of its Employing Alaskan Teens in Gardening, or EATinG, program), assisting small construction projects on the farm, planning and setting up a table at Calypso's 2008 Open House for Alaska Grown, an initiative of the State of Alaska to promote its agricultural products. I also wrote an article for the Ester Republic, the local newspaper, and even played in a bluegrass band for the CSA member picnic in June.