Ashley has a degree in Zoology and most recently worked as a Cheesemaker at Beecher’s Handmade Cheese in Seattle.
Quote: “One of the great things about farm life is the variability and small challenges faced every day. Taking each new problem on with a sense of confidence and determination is nearly always better than allowing oneself to feel overwhelmed or incapable. Since graduating I’ve worked on many farms both paid and unpaid and I’ve learned the non-agricultural jobs I’ve taken on I don’t find satisfaction in. I know my life lies within agriculture, now is the time for me to find the exact spot within the field that I belong and where I can do the most good.”
Alex spent summers working on her aunt’s farm in Oregon from the time she was 12 years old.
Quote: “I love animals and hard work. I like the rain and I love the sun. All my life I have dreamt of working on and with the land, even when I didn’t realize I was dreaming about it. I want to leave the world a better place than I found it, I would like to give the gift of wholesome life and sustenance to those in my community, I want to cultivate a community and revel in its success together! It’s very easy for me to get carried away with all of my dreams and the things I want for the world, I hope it fall on ears that have the same dreams and ambitions.”
Evan attended University in Illinois and has previous experience working on farms in Hawaii, California, and Oregon.
Quote: “To be able to apprentice at Carnation Farms would be a chance to learn the vegetable production and management skills I desire but also give back to the farming community and those who support it at the same time. In the future, I hope to operate a diversified livestock and plant production farm, which also acts as teaching facility for young and old alike. I believe that Carnation Farms will provide a strong foundation for which to base my own agriculture operation on, and think I can learn an enormous amount under the farmers and workers who make its heart beat.”