Meet our new team member: Maddy
Providing real-life work experience to help students achieve learning objectives is something we do at Bakers’ Acres to give back to our community. By designing internships for Environmental Studies students from the College of St. Benedict / St. John’s University, to the University of Minnesota, we put a lot of effort into shaping projects that give students a chance to apply what they’ve learned in class to farm and business work.
This semester, we are coaching two students through marketing and communications roles. Our Communications Manager will learn how to create and execute internal and external communications plans, and our Marketing Communications Specialist will learn how to create and execute Creative Briefs and serve as an account manager, all with local food production as their subject matter.
My name is Maddy and I am the new Communications Manager Intern for Bakers’ Acres this spring.
A little bit about myself…
I am a junior at the College of Saint Benedict majoring in Environmental Studies. My interest in agriculture has developed over the years but first sprouted as a child learning how to garden with my father. Ever since, I have always been drawn to how food is raised or grown.
My love for being outdoors and my desire to incorporate it into a future job led me to this internship. Whenever someone asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I always said a cowgirl or a farmer and when they asked why, I simply said, because they get to be outside, duh.
Last summer I had an unforgettable experience of working on a Bison and Corrientes beef cattle ranch in Northern Colorado. This experience definitely pushed my comfort zone, but gave me a taste of the sense of pride a person can feel when raising or growing food.
I have always wanted to be a part of something that will leave the land and the people who occupy the land healthier and happier, whether this be when I started to make my own environmentally friendly laundry soap in college, or when I stopped using shampoo and conditioner for a year to try to convince myself and others that social norms can be broken and that we can learn to do things differently.
During this internship I will be doing numerous tasks such as interacting with the local food community to understand how they work with local farmers and food. Also I will be able to understand the goals, concepts and problems that come up in sustainable farming and be able to develop decision-making skills by observing how solutions to these problems are created.
One of my main projects in this internship is to create a welcome packet and calendar for CSA customers. I will be doing this by following a creative brief. This will be my guide and my main tool to successfully relay information about pick-up dates, locations, tips for being a good CSA customer, and other important information. Overall, my main goal in this project is to provide pertinent, logistical information and make for a warm customer welcome to the CSA season.
As part of our training, I read the Minnesota Food Charter, and I am discovering how this framework can open doors for my future. The goal of the Minnesota Food Charter is to provide communities with the tools and resources to have a sustainable food system that offers its consumers healthy and nutritious options that aim to, as a result, build strong prosperous communities. The main goal is to switch the availability of unhealthy foods to healthy foods so everyone has a chance at having good food no matter their income or location. This is a very big interest for me and my future career because I would love to be able to assist in making organic and sustainable farming more appealing to farmers, and as a result give more communities access to healthy nutritious food.
Over winter break, one of my work assignments was to make a dish using one of the ingredients grown at Bakers’ Acres. I made some super yummy Avocado Basil Pasta. This was exciting for me because herbs, such as basil, usually intimidate me. In the past I have failed miserably by either not putting enough or putting way too much. But I am proud to say this recipe turned out to be very successful. The pasta sauce was very similar to an alfredo sauce except it left you feeling lighter and healthier. The added corn and tomatoes were a perfect touch to its appearance and taste. Find the recipe from Damn Delicious here.
I am very excited to have this opportunity to work alongside a fellow Johnnie, Joe, and to learn and absorb as much as I can from our supervisor, Lisa. I hope to learn all about sustainable agriculture and increase my knowledge of how a CSA farm works – to not only learn more about farming and the labor involved but to also learn the communications, marketing and business management components of it as well.