She began her degree program without a clear goal in mind. However, it will have something to do with food, and it will be fulfilling. She sees huge gaps in the world food supply. She wants to solve the problem of getting corporations to give more than the perfunctory donations of money to help end starvation. Someday, we may see Vicki leading the way in organizations such as OxFam of Canada, or UNESCO. For now though, she has gained a new appreciation for what is behind the fresh food that comes to her table.
Vicki is first generation American. Her parents migrated to the U.S. from Taiwan in order to take advantage of the education system. They don't quite understand what Vicki is doing. When she realized that she wanted to study gastronomy and food anthropology, she created a 36-page PowerPoint presentation to convince her parents that this was for real.
While Barry was away on a nine-day vacation, Vicki and her co-intern Patty managed the farm. They had an interesting experience when we went through one of our few dry spells. The crops in the high tunnel needed watering and the irrigation system would not work. They did a systems check, made sure everything was connected and finally were able to fix the problem. That day, Vicki felt that she had mastered something so unfamiliar, and felt empowered with their accomplishment.