$2,500 winner

School: Michigan State University

Year: Senior

Major: Organic/Sustainable Horticulture

“I have come to believe that truly protecting the environment will require thoughtful and conscientious people who are deeply connected to a specific place. More than good politicians, the environment needs good farmers, good foresters, good ranchers, and good gardeners–all with a desire to be good stewards and active defenders of the land they call home…I hope to create something that is so much more than just a farm. I am interested in building a diverse community of people working together for a better world. I hope that my farm can eventually be a teaching center where others can intern and learn ways to make a small farm successful.”