Emma designed her own degree, combining her interests in sustainable farming systems and grassroots development.
Emma Robinson used the GMC Progressive Program to study the intersection of sustainable agriculture, community engagement, and urban development. She described her specialized degree as a cross between sustainable farming systems and grassroots development.
“I transferred in as a sophomore. My first school had an environmental and urban-studies program,” she said, “but I wanted to focus more on farming and sustainable agriculture. I realized that wanted I to mesh the farming program with something more outreach-based. By the second semester at GMC, I was part of the progressive program and designing my own major to make this happen.”
The potential to use agriculture as a tool for community development drives Emma’s goals at GMC and for her future. She describes the sustainable agriculture department as “stellar,” and added that professors “Eleanor Tison, Robin Currey and Marty Strange are all inspirational in their own way to me–they have such practical experience in the field. They all feed into my experience here.”
Outside of the classroom, Emma participates in the student-run a cappella group, the Note-orious Beets. A native of Portland, Maine, Emma spent her last semester at GMC writing an article for publication on the concept of civic agriculture, as well as literally mapping the next stage of her life. “I’m planning a cross-country road trip right now,” she said. “After studying abroad I felt like I’d seen more of India than I had of the United States. I’m ready to explore this part of the world now.” She plans to work in the urban agricultural realm trying to make cities more sustainable, community driven, and self-sufficient. “I want to work with non-profits that embrace food justice and civic agriculture, and be passionate about my career, to feel like I’m making a difference.”