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New Crop of Farmers :: Tara Sistrunk

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Washington State University College of Agricultural, Human, and Natural Resource Sciences, Pullman, WA

Tara was born and raised in Southern California and is currently a student at Washington State University, the first college in the U.S. to offer a degree in organic agriculture.

“I have spent most of my life searching for the right foods to eat. I come from a family that ate mostly health food and have existed on a vegetarian/vegan diet since age 15. With no prior experience in farming, I chose the organic agriculture major, minoring in soil science, hoping to develop an understanding of how to design sustainable agricultural systems. WSU has given me a strong scientific foundation that helps me understand the chemical and biological forces that shape our planet. I hope to create and maintain bio-diverse food forests and low input permaculture farms.

“Last summer I ripped out my lawn, put in raised beds, and grew all food plants. I also began seed saving and learning about food preservation. As a nation we know that it is time for us to be more responsible with our planet. I want to be a part of that solution.”


Anna Stern and Kim NochiAnna Stern and Kim Nochi interviewed the young farmers in this series for Food for Everyone, the spring 2009 issue of YES! Magazine. Anna and Kim are editorial interns at YES!

 

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