“The sustainable agriculture major is multifaceted, combining philosophy, science, and economics.”
Poultney is the latest of many destinations for GMC senior Adrian Jaques. Soon after he was born in Ellensberg, Wash., his family moved to Japan and lived there for most of Adrian’s elementary-school years. Since fourth grade, he has lived in Hope, Maine, where his family currently resides. The summer after his high school graduation, Adrian spent nearly four months in Sweden farming as a member of the World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms, or “WWOOF” program. Adrian has also hiked the entire Appalachian Trail from Maine to Georgia.
A little while after he finished the trail with a good friend, Adrian’s dad helped him forge the next pathway in his life by visiting some colleges. “After visiting GMC, I decided to come here for the sustainable agriculture program,” Adrian said. “I thought it would coincide with my personal passions fairly well.”
Adrian has been a sustainable agriculture major since starting his academic career here, and he says that “caring for the people and the land I’m surrounded with and learning from it” inspires his love for the major. “The sustainable agriculture major is multifaceted: there’s some philosophy, science, and economics,” he said. Outside of the classroom, Adrian soars as co-captain of GMC’s Ultimate Frisbee team, the Flying Squirrels. He also works with the biology department pulling invasive plant species around campus. After graduating in May, Adrian will return to Japan.
“Starting in August, I’ll be teaching English in Japan through The Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Program,” he explained. “In the future, I would like to go back to Sweden. Most importantly, I would just like to keep learning more from other people and keep practicing farming and good living skills.”