Meet our 2015 Garden Apprentices & Interns
June 11, 2015
Tyler Delsart – 2015 Garden Apprentice/2014 Garden Intern
Hi! My name is Tyler. I am 26 years old and this is my second year at Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. To explain a bit about my background, I am a student at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. My focus is Environmental Science. At UW-GB, I helped maintain their laboratory greenhouse and rooftop garden. My green thumb and desire to create and be a part of bio-diverse, sustainable food systems, led me to Michael Fields.
My aim is to learn as much as I can about managing sustainable agriculture, because as we advance as a species, we have some major changes to make about our food systems and our food usage; to be able to feed the world and feed our grand kids. I want to be a part of this change.
This year in, I hope to raise my confidence about farm management, create more value added products and herbal teas for our markets. I’m excited to be back! I feel at home with my toes in the soil and my nose in the flowers.
Julie Battaille, 2015 Garden Apprentice/2014 Garden Intern
Hi! I’m Julie and come from Brussels in Belgium. I graduated from a Master’s Degree in Environmental Sciences one year ago and decided to expand my knowledge about agriculture by farming with my own hands. My interest for agriculture gave me the occasion to move to various part of the world before taking me here in Wisconsin. I was an intern at Michael Fields in 2014 and decided to come back for another season as an apprentice this year.
I hope to have an urban farm on my own later to bring fresh vegetables into people’s life. For now, I’m enjoying the beautiful nature of Wisconsin by biking, hiking or camping. See you around!
Rebecca Wasserman-Olin, 2015 Garden Apprentice
My name is Rebecca and I am originally from Minneapolis, MN, although sometimes I feel more like a Wisconsinite after four years attending University of Wisconsin-Madison where I recently graduated with majors in Environmental Studies and Agricultural & Applied Economics. Working with Slow Food UW-Madison for three years during college peaked an interest in agriculture and food justice which I continue to explore today. I have worked with various organizations, including Community Groundworks and Growing Power Inc., surrounding these topics and I am excited to continue exploring them this upcoming 2015 season with Michael Fields Agricultural Institute!
Hoa Dao, 2015 Garden Intern
Hi! My name is Hoa and I’m the intern from the farthest country for 2015 season – Vietnam. I have been working for almost 3 years after graduated from university but I always look for some changes in my life. Then I decided to join the internship at Micheal Fields Agricultural Institute just because I love trees, plants and I would like to go out feel the nature. With this internship I hope to obtain not only knowledge about organic farming and agriculture producing; gain the working experiences but also have unforgetable memories with the friends here and improve my English. And maybe I will have some ideas about healthy local food or agricultural produce when I come back Vietnam.
David Mroch, 2015 Garden Intern
I grew up in East Troy, Wisconsin and was always aware of Michael Fields Agricultural Institute. My professional background for the last 13 years has been in live music entertainment. I am owner of Backpocket Productions LLC and am contracted as a promoter rep and production manager for arena, amphitheater, theatre and stadium shows throughout the Midwest.
The last 3 years I have begun to focus my attention and time towards growing healthy food and energy for my family and I. I have implemented over 2 acres of vegetable gardens, fruit trees, laying hens and composting using spent grain from a Milwaukee brewery on 10 acres in East Troy. Knowing that I learn best by doing, I enrolled in Michael Fields Agricultural Institute’s Internship Program, which I have found to be a valuable resource. They are helping me by providing proven methods and important information in all aspects from farm to table. Although my experience is still limited, I feel I am and will be much closer to my goal of owning a profitable business providing local produce and farm products thanks to Michael Fields.
Monica Hanson , 2015 Garden Intern
Hello! My name is Monica and I feel fortunate to have MFAI close to home! I am from Waukesha and attending the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where as a returning adult-student, I am pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Conservation and Environmental Science. As an Intern this summer I look forward to expanding my knowledge on sustainable agriculture and growing nutritious food in an earth-friendly way to support the farmer while bringing healthy food the consumers. I was raised on a dairy farm in Minnesota and that experience has prompted me to expand my knowledge on best practices for growing, selling and promoting community supported agriculture.