sit around. I like being outside and
doing hands-on stuff. The first farm I
worked on was a dairy farm in Barnard.
It started as an after-school job. I was
doing chores there and realized I liked
being there better than school. It was
more than a job to me. Then I did
school work-study on a beef farm and
with a bigger sugarmaker. I like that
there’s always something different to do.
VL: What do you hope to get out of
school that you might not learn on the
CL: I don’t come from a farm, and I
wanted to learn how to run a farm. I
took a livestock production class last
fall. There are equations to figure out
costs and to make sure you’re making
money. Farming is always evolving with
new techniques and technologies. You
get a lot of that in school.
VL: Is there something you think
people should know about farming?
CL: It’s a lot of work. I didn’t realize
how much work it was until I started
working on a farm. You’ve always got
to be thinking about what you’re doing
next, not what you’ve already done.
VL: You were co-president of your
school’s chapter of Future Farmers of
America, which was founded in 1928 to
keep young people interested in farming,
and that is still a challenge. What do
you think would help?
CL: We took a lot of field trips to farms,
and it definitely got kids interested,
opened them up to different kinds of
agriculture. One farm we visited was
Spring Brook Farm [in Reading]. They
bring kids up from New York to see and
participate in the farm. Especially for kids
from the city, who wouldn’t normally be
exposed to farming, I think that must
be pretty valuable. They probably don’t
realize where their food comes from, what
it takes to produce food.
VL: Did your high school service trip
to Puerto Rico change your perspective
CL: At the farm we visited, they still
used oxen for fieldwork, which I thought
was pretty cool. It was interesting to
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