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.”