Get to know your CSA growers! This week, we interviewed 17-year-old Yarmouth High School Senior, Lilly Kuhn:
How did you hear about the Teen Ag program?
I grew up around Freeport and the Wolfe's Neck Farm area, and I knew about the farm since I was a kid. A counselor at my High School sent out an email about Wolfe's Neck Farm hiring for the summer, and the Teen Ag brochure intrigued me.
Did you have any background in agriculture before Teen Ag?
No, but my family and I have always been very conscious with where our food comes from. I have always tried to do my shopping locally, but I didn't really get into agricultural issues and interest until this spring. This spring, I started working in the school garden at my high school, which started as volunteer hours, but I became very interested in agriculture and the community during my volunteering.
Do you see yourself staying in an agricultural profession in the future?
I'm not sure if I will continue with agriculture, but I have found out that being involved in an agricultural field is a great way to be aware of our carbon footprint and where our food comes from, which is so so important. I really like being part of Teen Ag because of all the interesting people and experiences I get to have.
What have you learned so far being part of Teen Ag?
I have learned a lot about taking care of vegetables, and how much planning goes into taking care of all the vegetables, as well as all the attention to weeding and growing that goes on as well. It is a lot of work to have a farm.
What are you looking forward to most this summer in Teen Ag?
I don't want the program to end because this is so much fun, but I cannot wait for the Teen Ag summit where I will get to meet all of the people involved with Teen Ag across the state. I am also excited for the Farm-to-Table dinner.
How have you changed since you started at Teen Ag?
I've really come to value the earth and working hard. They have both taught me the importance of a good work ethic, and most of what I have taken away from the Teen Ag program will translate well into my life, I hope. I have also learned to take my time when growing my food, and I have become much more intentional in what goes into my mouth. I take the time to read labels and know where all my food comes from now on when I am shopping.
What will you miss after this summer?
I am definitely going to miss all of the friends I have made on the crew, the Wolfe's Neck Farm community, and being able to work outside everyday.