Patty is a graduate student at the University of California in Davis. She is studying International Agricultural Development, a degree that teaches about programs to help farmers in developing countries. Some of the classes she has taken include Crop Management and Economics of Small Systems in Diverse Countries. The four-hour seminar that was life-changing for Patty was/is called Community Development for Sovereignty and Autonomy. The course examines a sample of contemporary indigenous communities from South, Central and North America with the goal of understanding and evaluating the failure of basic capitalism in these communities and strategies they have adopted to develop and implement forms of sovereignty or autonomous self-management.
teaching. She has some interest in reporting for public radio and I asked her, if she was sent on an investigative trip, where would she most like that to be. “India”, she replied, because she has interned there previously, the population is growing in dramatic fashion, and she once had a class where she needed to discover how to feed 9 billion people. She would like to find out if organic farming, perhaps in some corner of India, could produce enough nitrogen to feed the world's population.
Patty also feels that the squash plants that produced the baby squash that appeared in the CSA shares this week are her little babies. She took them from seed to maturation with little oversight from Barry.
Before she arrived at the farm, Patty was worried about her ability to get up early and put in a hard day's work. But she quickly rose to the task and was often first in the field at daybreak. The next intern will have some big shoes to fill to measure up to Patty's work ethic and especially her mulching abilities.