“You’re farming in Alaska?! What can you possibly grow there?” This was a common response when I told people I was moving to Alaska to be an AmeriCorps VISTA at Calypso Farm and Ecology Center in Ester, Alaska. To be honest, I myself wasn’t quite sure what to expect. When I arrived in April, the ground was still covered in ice, the fields covered in snow. Three months later, I’ve discovered the shocking truth. In Alaska, a food revolution is brewing, and it’s led by 12 year olds. Read more
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.