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Current Student Interns

Anna Birn

Anna is a junior in CALS studying Agricultural Science with a minor in Community Food Systems. She comes from suburban Putnam County NY but has always been drawn to farms. Her ag interests started with horses, but quickly turned to sustainable livestock, and then to food issues. Anna is interested in a holistic view of the food system with an emphasis on bridging the gap between the farming community and underserved populations in search of good food. With a love for small ruminants and a desire to help fix the food system, Anna was thrilled to join the Small Farms team in January 2019.

Kelsie Raucher

Kelsie is from southwest Missouri and grew up on a 150-acre farm helping her family buy and sell horses and cattle. She credits FFA for finding her passion for agriculture and food issues and desiring a career as an “agvocate.” Since coming to Cornell, she has gained interest in local production, global food issues, and environmental impacts of and on agriculture. She joined the Cornell Small Farms Program in May of 2018 and is excited to gain experience to complement coursework in the Agricultural Sciences major and Communication major.

Talia Isaacson

Talia is originally from San Diego, CA, but her passion for agriculture mostly developed on the coast of Maine, where she lived and worked on an educational diversified farm throughout parts of her high school years. Since then, Talia has spent time working on various farms in both Vermont and Arkansas, which has further solidified her interest in small-scale agriculture and its myriad intersections with community welfare, environmental sustainability, and education. She is a sophomore in the English department at Cornell and began working for the Cornell Small Farms Program in early 2018. Talia also works for the Local & Regional Food Systems initiative.

2018-2019 Interns

Claire Morrow

Claire worked with the program during the Summer of 2019, as she was preparing to start her senior year as a Plant Science major in CALS. She is concentrating in sustainable plant production, and hopes to one day work in extension to help farmers implement sustainable practices that are both economically feasible for them and good for the planet. She is from a small town in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia where she learned to appreciate nature and great farm fresh food. She is excited to have the opportunity to both help out with Small Farms programming and get her hands dirty on the research farm this summer.

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Juli LeBlanc

Juli worked as a student intern for the Small Farms Program during the summer of 2019. She is a senior studying Design and Environmental Analysis and hopes to do design work with a sustainability focus in the future. Over the summer, Juli helped the Small Farms Program with their redesign. This involved creating templates for print publications, powerpoint presentations, and other communications tools that are consistent with the program's new branding.

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Milo Vella

Drawn to the cultural relationships of people and landscapes — with their attendant ecological, economic, political, and social consequences — Milo studies "Comparative philosophies of land use" through the interdisciplinary College Scholars Program. Having also interned for the Cornell Orchards and the Sustainable Cropping Systems Lab, Milo joined the Small Farms Program in Fall 2018, and focused on the 2019 revision of the Guide to Farming in New York. Born and grazed in California, Milo is now back out West in the high desert country at Deep Springs.

Nina Sannes

Nina worked as a student intern for the Small Farms Program in 2019. She is a 5th year undergraduate student pursuing an independent major in agroecology in an effort to gain a nuanced view of the social and scientific sides of agriculture. She hopes to work to aid small farmers in adopting agroecological growing practices.

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