Here come the interns!
We like to think the farm benefits our society in many ways and we are always seeking more ways we can make our world a better place. Having worked in agricultural development in many countries around the world, I could see that what was often lacking was good practical experience working and learning on a more modern farm. Many had excellent theoretical university training, but lacked the practical experience of implementing that theory. In our effort to improve food production and food security around the world, we have welcomed international agriculture interns to the farm for the past eight seasons. These students have ranged the globe from Ukraine, Portugal, Philippines, Republic of Georgia, Mexico, Vietnam, Chile, Kosovo, Brazil, Hungary, South Korea, Italy, and this year we welcome our first intern from Uganda. They are taking time away from the theoretical/academic pursuits at their universities to learn how all that lofty theory is actually practiced on the ground and in the soil.
Some of the interns are friends of past year's interns, sent to Farmer Dave's to meet the wonderful community that has developed around our food. Their time here in America offers them a first hand experience of our society and they will carry back home with them the knowledge of the real goodness that is America. Several members often befriend interns, giving them a fuller experience of American culture and thoughts. We are all ambassadors to the foreigners that surround us. When they return home, they become ambassadors, telling people in far away countries that America is not all Hollywood, and that we are a people they should befriend too. It all starts with the planting of a seed.