Howdy, my name is Amanda Beaver and I am about to embark on a journey: an internship at Texas A&M’s Howdy Farm. As a nutrition major en route to become a registered dietitian, I know next to nothing about growing plants.
Growing up my family has killed just about every plant we have tried to grow. Each year we plant tomatoes in neat little planters with fresh hopes of a bountiful crop that will rival the beautiful tomatoes of farmer’s markets. By the time the little hard, green tomatoes begin to turn a shade of orange a crow comes along and destroys it. If it is not the crows, then its bugs, if not bugs than a lack of water. Despite our efforts, we have never been able to get it right. It is my primary goal of this internship to learn how to successfully grow a variety of produce, so that I can not only share this knowledge with my helpless family, but also my future patients. I can apply what I learn at my Howdy Farm Internship to my future career so that I can teach the roots of nutrition to enhance the health of the community.
Not only will I learn about growing produce at my internship, but I will also learn about sustainability. This brings me to my second goal of my internship: to learn environmentally friendly methods of growing produce. I can also apply what I learn about sustainability to my own personal life, as I have made it my new year’s resolution to become more environmentally friendly in every aspect of my life.
Because I know very little of the subject of horticulture, I know that every day of my internship will be an enriching experience. I am so excited to begin learning by doing. By the end of the semester if there is anything I will learn, it will be how to grow a tomato plant so my family can finally have some homegrown tomatoes!