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Veronica Pasi

Environmental Resource Management, Soil Science Option Major; Watersheds and Water Resources and INTAG Minors who studied abroad for a semester in Costa Rica.
Working on the School for Field Studies Farm in Costa Rica

Working on the School for Field Studies Farm in Costa Rica

By declaring International Agriculture as a minor early on, I was able to shape my experiences at Penn State with opportunities through the minor.  My interests in growing food sustainably, and finding solutions to end world hunger were combined with my major, Environmental Resource Management, Soil Science option, to create a rewarding set of coursework while at Penn State.  I was fortunate to study abroad for a semester with the School for Field Studies’ Sustainable Development Studies program in Costa Rica.  Through hands on experiences while abroad, I returned to Penn State my senior year excited to find a career that would combine organic agriculture and conservation.

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Caring for a piglet on the SFS Farm at our campus

I am in the process of following a path to my ultimate career, but after graduating I knew I needed more practical experience in the organic farming sector so I interned on a farm in California.  After that, I dove into some AmeriCorps work for a year in the Conservation Corps world.  Realizing that I wanted to continue farming, I found an opportunity to work for a non-profit farm in Bath, OH, where I currently work.

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(left) Some of my peers watching our SFA professor make compost at an organic farm we visited. (right) Inside the greenhouse with plants for the Annual Plant Sale held in May every year.

I am currently the Farm Manager for Crown Point Ecology Center in Bath, OH.  In this role I manage a 115 member CSA program. Each week I coordinate produce harvests, soil improvement plans, pest management plans, and train and supervise four farm apprentices.  We organically grow annual vegetables on eight acres of a 110 acre property. This position allows me to combine my love for organic farming with my passion for sharing wholesome food with others.  I enjoy the responsibility for planning and executing ecological farming practices which positively impact the environment and health of the community.  We donate twenty percent of our produce to the Akron-Canton Regional Foodbank.  I am grateful for this position and the opportunity to make a difference in the community.

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CSA share from week 13

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Potato Field on the farm in the sunset. We just finished harvesting potatoes.

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Harvesting collards for the CSA