Kathryn Allen is a double major in Soil Science and Spanish and plans to teach high school chemistry and environmental science after graduating. An interest in where food comes from sparked her interest in organic farming. She plans to share this interest with her future students through a school garden and composting program.
Kirsten Eisele is a recent transplant from Nashville, here in East TN to learn how to grow things. She has experience working with biodynamic, organic, and sustainable small farms. One day shw would like to run a homestead-style small farm incorporating small scale livestock production, grains, dairy, and produce. ‘Little House on the Prairie’ may have influenced her a bit too much, as she is also interested in using draft horses and making soap out of lye.
Tiffany Morrison is a native of South Central Texas, and earned her B.A. in English Literature at Texas Tech University. Her general love of good food and healthy living has led her to pursue her passion for sustainable agriculture. Tiffany has a diverse professional background that includes journalism, marketing/advertising, corporate communications, education research and most recently environmental health and safety at the University of Tennessee Institute of Agriculture. She’s enthusiastic about her opportunity to participate in the UT organic farm-to-market internship.
Liz Newnam is a senior majoring in Food Science and Technology at the University of Tennessee. She is originally from Durham, NC, but came to Knoxville in pursuit of the adventure of new surroundings. Liz’s love of sharing and preparing food was inspired by her father’s fascination with different cultural dishes in the kitchen and her mother’s insistence on nightly family dinners. Food is not just something that nourishes the body—but something that nourishes the soul. Liz believes that food builds communities, and when we know where our food is coming from (our neighbors) and understand that they do not intend to neglect the great inheritance of the land, by growing organically, we trust in each other more and show each other a warm kindness.
Ann Ramsey is a graduate student in Anthropology where her research interests include food security, food sovereignty, and social justice. A native Tennessean, Ann grew up working the backyard garden in her bare feet. Her love of the natural world drew her into sustainable agriculture. She is interested in the community-enhancing aspects of local food systems and sees organic farming as a way to shorten the food chain from field to table and acquaint consumers with producers.
Last but not least, Daniel Priddy has stayed on with us and is working as the new intern coordinator for 2011.