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Alexa Messick

Alexa Messick

Full-Time Student and Intern

University of Delaware

Newark, DE

Ever since I was a child, I have possessed admiration for nature and wildlife. My most fond memories were spent exploring forests and investigating the pond near my home. Now as a full-time college student, battling the chaos of 5 classes and two part time jobs, my motivation is to have a career that highlights my chi...

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University of Delaware Fresh to You Farm

Farm Intern

On the farm, students are expected to work hard, however that does not take away from what an incredibly rewarding educational opportunity it is. During my time here I have gained knowledge on the challenges faced by pursuing both organic and conventional farming practices. I have gained lots of experience with plant propagation while working here, as well as learning how to identify and manage many insect pests and plant diseases. I also learned how to operate farm equipment such as tractors and rototillers. On the farm we raise all of our crops from seed, and care for them extensively as they mature. Once the crop season comes to a close, we prepare the soil and strategize which crops to rotate in next. In addition to the outdoor work experiences, we managed a small retail operation to aid in supporting the farm financially. We created a network with a handful of local restaurants and provided them with weekly produce orders. We also held a self run produce stand once a week on our farm, inviting members of the community to purchase inexpensive and healthy organic produce. Another core responsibility to our employment on the farm is the maintaining a relationship with the Delaware Food Bank, which we provided weekly produce donations to.