Sarah Sims, a freshman from San Francisco, sat in an easy chair and smiled comfortably. “The winter wasn’t as cold as I thought,” she said. “I have on just a sweater and I feel like a million bucks. That was a pleasant surprise.”
A sustainable agriculture major, Sarah found Green Mountain College after she had already enrolled at a state school in California. She worked on a family-run farm in Essex, Vt. over the summer.
“The couple I was living with over the summer was supportive of my educational endeavors, and they showed me a lot of Vermont schools like Middlebury, Dartmouth and of course, GMC,” she said. “GMC has a lot of programs I’m interested in, specifically sustainable agriculture. I applied late and got in thanks to rolling admissions, and I decided to abandon the state-school idea,” she said. “I’m definitely happy with that decision.”
Sarah is part of the Cerridwen Farm Crew and a member of Slow Food Club. “I’m passionate about food and sustainable food systems. A lot of people in this country aren’t being fed nutritionally, or at all, and I want to be able to be a part of the food revolution that is attempting to change our current industrialized food system,” she said.
The different farming traditions in San Francisco and Poultney have given Sarah a wide perspective on possibilities in her future. “I hope to at some point work with urban agriculture education projects,” she said, “Ultimately, I’d like to settle down on my own land and build my own farm.”