Greetings from the new 'Wintern'

Hi everyone, I'm Elena!

I am going to be popping in occasionally to Better Farm as part of my college coursework. I recently graduated from JCC with an Associate’s degree in Animal Management (now called Zoo Technology). I am currently working toward my Bachelor’s in Zoo Program Management from Empire State College while working part-time at the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park in Watertown, NY.  Nicole has been kind enough to teach me a course in sustainability. Since I am not technically a full-time intern, I only get to spend a short amount of time at the farm. But I know that there is still a lot to learn and I am very excited.

I hope to get my hands dirty and learn how to live green, even when the farm is covered in a blanket of white. Since most of the harvesting is coming to an end, I look forward to learning how to preserve food and work on indoor projects like hydroponics and vermiculture.  Personally, I have plenty of experience with animal care but when it comes to plants….well, I’m a little "green". On my first visit to the farm, I helped harvest, dry, and chop herbs. I even decided to try my hand at making my own herb-drying rack at home. I love to be crafty and make my own things whenever I can. I think it turned out pretty well, and I hope to have the finished project and DIY instructions up on the blog soon!

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