Jessica Farmer gets excited about sweet potatoes. Hailing from the heartland, she cultivated a love for digging in the dirt at a young age. Since then she has worked on farms in Kansas, California, Italy, and Alaska. In April, she packed up her truck and drove 5,000 miles from Missouri to Fairbanks, Alaska to see giant cabbages and become an AmeriCorps VISTA volunteer at Calypso Farm and Ecology Center. Her hobbies include making vegetable sculptures and particpating in blueberry pie-eating contests. And, yes, she is aware of the fact that her name matches her current occupation.