I'm Sarah, I'm majoring in Horticulture, and I'm a Spring 2017 intern for the Howdy Farm.
While the Howdy Farm had been looking for interns the whole last half of the Fall semester, I actually didn't sign up until I saw that there were still positions available when the new year rolled around. After some totally unnecessary worrying over schedule and work load, I decided to sign up for the internship anyway. I can definitely confirm that responding to the call for interns was a good decision.
What lead me to this internship and my Horticulture major is what I could only describe as a life long partnership and friendship with plants. I grew up way out in the backwoods of North East Texas on the old family farm, which has been out of business all my life, but the small family gardens we would grow, the pines, and hardwood forest on the property served me well. To know something is to name it, right? Well, my dad (A&M class of '83) is always pointing out plants and naming them. He would introduce them to me by name, however far down the scientific nomenclature he could go, he would name it. Growing up with that, it is hard to ignore plants, the alluring simplicity of hard farm work, and the wider reaching work of feeding your own community.
By the end of this internship I hope to have really sunk my teeth into the work of a horticulturist farmer, start to finish. Sometimes a certain amount of original zeal can be lost in lecture halls and text books, but I believe it can be easily recovered just by getting my hands to the soil a handful of hours each week. I am very excited to be starting this work in the Spring semester as the Winter dissolves into Spring, making way for new growth. Ex Agris Vita!