Satira Lord '09
Like many an idealistic youth, senior Satira Lord says, “When I was a little kid I wanted to save the world.” As she has grown, traveled, and experienced life, the prospect of global salvation has slowly shown itself to be “very difficult”— an overwhelmingly entangled endeavor. Still, the impetus to help others is the motivating factor in Satira’s life, and farming has become her chosen medium for change.
Born and raised in Burlington, Vt., Satira first went to Prescott College, GMC’s sister Eco-league school in the Arizona desert. The psychology major decided to transfer to Green Mountain College when she learned more about the farm program here. Arriving at the start of the spring 2008 semester, she says, “I was really intimidated at first. I went to a farm meeting and saw all these cool people in Carharrts...I showed up in a skirt and a t-shirt, trying to be the cute new girl.” She begins to laugh. “I’m like, I’ve got to be wearing boots and dirty jeans!”
It didn’t take long for her connection to the farm to grow, and for her to get to know fellow crew members. “Then I started signing up for chores, and chores were awesome," she says. "Then I got the summer internship, and that was one of my best summers, farming in the sun all day with these great people.”
Satira has been a part of Cerridwen Farm ever since, contributing to everything possible and learning more than she could have imagined. “This farm has changed my life,” she says.
Finished with the major requirements for her degree, Satira is looking forward to having fun next semester. “I really like people. I really want to help. There is such a disconnect in our society. People are messed up because they don’t know how to work with their hands. Eco-psychology needs to be focused on. We need to reconnect with nature, get back to our roots, to realize what is important in life,” she says, her dark eyes glowing. “I want to show everyone what’s important. I want to show the world.”