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This summer, rather than a traditional internship, I did a remote independent study using a piece of family farmland in Bellingham, Washington. On the farm, I planted a variety of crops, tended to them all summer, and am currently in the process of donating them to a local food bank. Since my senior integrative project is focused on small-scale urban agriculture, food justice, and food sovereignty, it is necessary that I have at least a basic understanding of food systems and how to grow food. My work this summer required the application of theoretical knowledge from my courses as well as lots of research and mentorship. Through all of this, I learned about the many challenges in growing food, keeping it alive and healthy, and donating food.


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