Pam has lived East Lansing since 1998. She has two grown daughters and a hubby. She is changing careers at 58, leaving her accounting desk to follow a passion. After graduation, Pam plans to have a small farm with a CSA up north.
Kellie is from Fowlerville, MI. An elective MSU course called Wilderness Survival sparked an interest in edible wild plants that later turned into an interest in gardening. After graduation, Kellie hopes to produce and income from her land and is considering managing a friend's organic u-pick raspberry farm and hoop house.
Daniel was born in Portland, Oregon and has lived both on the west coast and Michigan. Daniel enjoys working with his hands and travelling and has been to Germany, Australia, and Bali. He is very much looking forward to spending a wonderful year with everyone at the farm!
Addrienne is from Highland, MI. An artist with a lifelong curiosity for farming, Adrienne spent the first half of 2015 as a livestock volunteer in central Arkansas and was inspired to take a new path. After graduation, Adrienne plans to establish a farm in Michigan rooted in permaculture and free range livestock.
Doug, or 'Dougie,' was born and raised in Traverse City, Michigan. Doug has studied and lived in Colorado, Chile, Spain, Florida and North Carolina but knows Traverse City is where he wants to live, work and raise a family. After graduation, Doug plans to start an organic farm in Northwest Michigan.
Originally from Mercer, Wisconsin, Ryan moved to Detroit in Spring of 2015 after accepting an Urban Agriculture internship with the Foursquare Church. The success of this internship gave him a further interest in farming. Post graduation Ryan hopes to continue working with faith-based organizations in the city of Detroit, and plans to start a ten-acre farm within city limits.
Originally from Worthington, Ohio, Erich decided to move to his grandmother's farm in Springport, MI, in early 2015. Immediately after moving to the farm, he began to see farming as a potential career path. When Erich found out about the OFTP he immediately knew it would be a wonderful opportunity to not only pursue a true passion, but a career.
Abby is originally from Crump, Michigan. She became familiar with organic farming while she was a agriculture/art student at MSU, during which time she worked at the Student Organic Farm as a crew member. After a short post-graduation stint working in a lab for U of M, she had an opportunity to return to the SOF and took it!
Daniel was reared on the shores of Lake Huron in Tawas City, MI. Years of travel , relationships and experiences led him to seek a life in farming . His future plans include owning and operating a diversified farm in northeast MI with his wife, who will earn her Master of Social Work degree next spring from MSU.
Antonio ancestrally identifies as a Xicano Afro-Boricua from Southwest Detroit. Antonio is an artist and an activist, founder of the Raiz Up art collective and a farming cooperative called #SWGrows in 2014. After graduation Antonio looks to bring urban farming to his community, combining his love for culture, art and growing food.
Bayleigh was born and raised in Battle Creek, Michigan. An interest in sustainability and healthy eating led her to the OFTP program. After graduation, Bayleigh plans to open multiple greenhouses in the west side of the country and spread knowledge on the topic of sustainable farming.
Devon was born in Battle Creek, Michigan. Devon has been loving up the land at Sprout Urban Farms as Farm Manager for two years, has done a summer internship at Green Gardens (Trent Thompson's farm), and spent three months in Hawaii studying permaculture. Devon feels as though food is the catalyst for a epic journey and is beyond excited to see what doors it will open!
Akello is from Detroit, MI. After working with DBCFSN's Food Warrior and KGD's youth apprenticeship program he was exposed to the food sovereignty movement. After completing the OFTP, Akello plans on using his skills and knowledge to educate his community and start an organic farm in Detroit.
Jake and his wife have a seven month old daughter named Emmersyn. Jake has done everything from cooking to apartment maintenance, but has always had a passion for food and the outdoors. This passion, along with the desire to feed his family fresh, organic food, led Jake to want a life in farming.
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