Monday, June 27, 2011

Meet Marianne Olney-Hamel, Summer Staff

We are excited to have another intern around this summer to help us at the farm and selling at market! Marianne is originally from Berkley, California but attended Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa where she recently graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in History with a concentration in Environmental Studies. She heard about New Roots from an alumnus at her college who has been involved with New Roots and Cultivate Kansas City for some time now. Her passion for farming and sustainability started when she studied a semester in Senegal where she worked with an NGO called Agrecol/Afrique, which works to promote organic agriculture in and around small villages. She helped with some of the organization's sustainable agriculture and fair trade projects. While at home, she has enjoyed working in a community garden in Berkeley and has also been a volunteer at a dairy farm in Osceola, Wisconsin. Besides her interest in sustainable agriculture, Marianne also enjoys singing, playing basketball, dancing, and rediscovering the joys of reading for pleasure since graduating in May. She is excited to be on staff with us this summer and has already established friendships with the staff and farmers!

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