Jenny chose Animal Conservation and Care as one of her majors after taking a gap year after high school to intern at Farm Sanctuary in upstate New York for several months. After working with such dedicated and skilled caregivers, she found a passion in animal care.
Jenny Moore ’19 is a double major in Animal Conservation & Care (ACC) and Sustainable Agriculture & Food Systems, with a minor in Environmental Studies at Green Mountain College.
“I first heard about Green Mountain College through a family friend who attended a sibling’s graduation – she told me that she thought I would like it here. After researching quite a bit about the school, I felt drawn to the Sustainable Food Systems and Animal Conservation and Care majors, which I thought were unique,” shared Jenny.
She chose ACC as one of her majors after taking a gap year (immediately following high school) to intern at Farm Sanctuary, an animal sanctuary for farm animals, in upstate New York for several months. After working with such dedicated and skilled caregivers, she found a passion in animal care.
This past summer, Jenny had an internship at Farm & Wilderness at their Indian Brook Camp as their Barns & Gardens Director. With a staff of eight, she was in charge of training and supervising all things related to the barn, the animals, the gardens, and the homesteading kitchen.
“I created weekly lesson plans and schedules, and orchestrated the homesteading kitchen apprenticeship for 13-14 year olds. I already discussed my time at Farm Sanctuary but this was a shelter projects internship. I also have a lot of experience working on our college farm, Cerridwen Farm, either with barn chores, transplanting seedlings, harvesting, washing and packing, etc.”
At GMC, Jenny is the current club president of P-POW! (People Preventing Organic Waste) which is a chapter of the Food Recovery Network. “We recover pre-consumer food from the dining hall on campus that would have otherwise been composted and redistribute it; either to events on campus, or as packaged meals for the Young at Heart senior center,” she shared. In addition, she is involved with the national Food Recovery Network through her work with P-POW! and, in the summer of 2017, she volunteered with RAFFL’s (Rutland Area Farm & Food Link) glean team to harvest the excess vegetables and/or fruits from farmers’ fields for donation to local organizations.
At GMC, Jenny resides on the Equity Through Community (ETC) specialty floor, where
students are passionate about social justice topics, politics, food systems, economics, etc. and foster community through these interests, discussions, and their hosted events. She was also involved with Activism Club in 2016 and 2017 and helped petition and advocate for certain organizations. In addition, she was instrumental in coordinating a trip to the People’s Climate March in Washington, D.C. in 2017. She was also an Undergraduate Teaching Assistant for Food Preservation in the fall of 2017. Her work has earned her the “Distinguished Achievement in Animal Conservation and Care Award” at GMC in 2018.
As for which career path to choose, Jenny is considering multiple options … “I really loved working at Farm Sanctuary and would definitely continue animal sanctuary work in my future. However I am also very passionate about food justice, plant-based cooking, food preservation, social justice, and having all those intersect with and be absorbed into food education. I can absolutely see myself working at a non-profit organization that focuses on any of the above topics.”