Hello! I’m Dani, a recent Seattle transplant for the Keene State College Dietetic Internship Program. This year KSC’s dietetic program chose to introduce a food system rotation, consisting of a 3 week farm rotation on a local NH farm. I was fortunate enough to be placed with Sullivan Center for Sustainable Agriculture for my first rotation.
One week prior to the start of our rotations, myself and the other 15 KSC dietetic interns were scheduled for a farm tour. We visited 3 local farms, one of them being the SCSA farm. As we toured the farm, Laurel shared a few of their projects, some that are in the making and others that they are preparing for. She introduced us to the biochar retort and gave a simplified breakdown of the process. Not only was I caught off guard by seeing a biochar retort right in front of me, but for it to be on the farm that I will be working on in New Hampshire was too perfect.
As Laurel continued to go further into detail, I became more and more ecstatic for this opportunity. Such an enlightening experience to learn what sustainability is from a farmer’s perspective, as well as the time and effort they are willing to go through in order to support sustainability. Then we walked into the LTG aka the "California Greenhouse" and I just about fell over right then and there.
On the first day of my official food systems rotation with SCSA, I was asked to meet at the Cheshire Medical Center to help with the farmers market that they participate in every Wednesday. This was a great experience, I enjoyed helping the patients and staff select produce. It also gave me the time to get to know Carol and Laurel a little better. Carol's friend Marsha, who likes to volunteer at the market, kept giving me a hard time, saying “We have another Laurel on our hands!” or “She’s making me look bad!” I couldn’t help it! I have trouble just standing in one place. There’s always something to do and I have to help, I kept busy with replacing and consolidating produce/products as it sells. Working the market gave me a better understanding of who SCSA is and what they would like to accomplish going forward. There is a great amount of opportunity at the hospital for growth and it was fun to pick each other’s brains on ways to take advantage of that. ---Dani