$2,500 winner

School: Daemen College

Year: Junior

Major: Global & Local Sustainability

“I believe that no matter the location of the agriculture–rural or urban–sustainable practices are holistic, regenerative, and beneficial to the Earth. Once people better understand the connection between plants, the earth, food, and themselves, there are better chances of a healthy earth. Just as unsustainable practices becomes cyclical, so also do sustainable practices. I believe that improved human health and treatment will directly correlate to improved earth health and treatment. Agriculture is needed everywhere, especially agriculture that will last and provide for endless generations without compromising the existence of the present generation.”