Kristen Wilmer graduated with a degree in Biology from Williams College in May 2004. Prior to the internship, Kristen had worked as a farm apprentice in an Americorp program where she had focused on management of cattle, pigs, chickens, and sheep. She had also participated in study abroad programs that examined the intersection of environmental and social justice issues related to agriculture in England, India, Philippines, New Zealand, and Mexico.
Her interest in the Agroecology On-Farm Internship was to have an opportunity “to further build my experiences and increase my own ability to contribute constructively to sustainable agriculture in the Northeast.” Kristen wants to pursue a graduate degree, and have a career in organic vegetable farming, research and/or extension. “I feel that both a strong background in research and a firm understanding of the practical and economic realities of farming will be essential to my ability to help develop and implement appropriate and viable alternatives to conventional agriculture.”
Kristen worked at the Kretschmann Farm. In cooperation with Annekathrin Vogel she conducted two research projects: i) to evaluate practices for controlling white mold on rosemary, and ii) to describe the organic apple orchard insect population dynamics.