Bay became our new college farmer in the beginning of the February. Before then, she worked at a certified organic vegetable farm located one hour away from the school. She was there almost five years.
Working as a head managing farmer is the first time for Bay.
Cultivating a community
She says, "I chose to work at Wilson because I like the idea working at the college and being part of community here. Also, I like the location. Chambersburg is a nice little town. There are many opportunities to do interesting projects at the school."
As the college farmer, Bay is in charge of planting all the crops and making sure they are cared for. She also manages the staff, interns and volunteers.
The rewards of farming
She says being a farmer can be rewarding, "I am rewarded by food that people eat and know how to do that. Also, I am rewarded by being outside and working with nature."
Bay works with Program Manager of Fulton Center for Sustainable Living, Christine Mayer.
Mayer says, "I am happy to have her here. She feels comfortable with her surroundings and is getting to know the farm. Especially, she is eager to meet college and Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) members."
Fulton Farm CSA is a project of the Fulton Center for Sustainable Living at the school. It is a program for not only the school students but also the community.
In Bay’s first year, she has lots of plans. She wants to have a good season with lots of crops that can be sold in the dining hall. She says to the campus, "I do like here and I am looking forward to getting know everyone. I hope that I can get people excited about farming and students will come and visit the farm."