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Interns Explore Careers in Sustainable Agriculture

“With it being so hard to make a living as a farmer, is it just the will to do it that keeps people farming?”

That was just one of the many questions this year’s crop of 15 Agriculture Conservation Corps interns asked during a “Careers in Sustainable Agriculture” panel during the penultimate week of their internship.


2016 Agriculture Conservation Corps (ACC) interns listen to a panel discussion on “Careers in Sustainable Agriculture.”

The panel, which was set up as a Q&A session with Fred Tutman, a Patuxent Riverkeeper and farmer, and Garrett Graddy-Lovelace, a professor at American University focused on international agricultural policy, ended up serving as a chance for the students to delve deeper into everything they learned in the weeks leading up to it.

The Agriculture Conservation Corps (ACC) program offers an introduction to varying aspects of sustainable agriculture, from animal husbandry to production farming, all while providing a local historical context. And this year’s high school interns came to the Foundation through a partnership with the Prince George’s County Youth@Work Summer Youth Enrichment Program.

After spending a week each on subjects like permaculture, urban farming, homesteading, and careers in sustainable agriculture, the panel gave students the opportunity to learn how this internship could continue to serve them well after their final presentations on August 12. They discussed not only what a career in agriculture could look like, but how someone without a green thumb could advocate for the sustainable f