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Sustainability, hot topic of summer internships at Linfield

Linfield students and members from the Office of Sustainability will be

giving a presentation this Wednesday, Sept. 18 about their experiences during this past summer summer in an internship program titled

“Sustainable Agriculture.”

The presentation will begin at 6:30 pm in TJ Day Hall, room 219.

“This summer six Linfield students served on two local organic farms; Gaining Ground…and River Ridge farm in McMinville,” Duncan

Reid, the Office of Sustainability Coordinator, said by email.

During the internship, “They spent three days per week working on the farms and two days per week learning about the food system

through group conversations and field trips.

Gaining Ground, a family owned and operated farm, located in Yamhill was just one of the farms visited by the interns.

The Paine Family has been cultivating approximately six acres in Yamhill County since 2004, and is “dedicated to providing healthy,

local, fresh food and reconnecting people to what they eat,” according to the Gaining Ground website.

“We are driven by the conviction that a strong local food system is central to a thriving community, and the hope that our produce

connects people to where they live and what they eat.”

Throughout the internship, interns took various field trips to other farms and gardens associated with organic farming

techniques.

“We did take a field trip to Zena Farm, Willamette’s farm program.”

“We also visited urban gardens in Portland, Oakhill Organics in Grand Island, Vibrant Valley Farm in Carlton and others,” Reid said.

The presentation itself will be an overview of the internship experience along with individual student presentations on projects that

they collaborated with farmers about.

“The projects were: a business plan for a farm to street food cart, growing food in a high tunnel green house, research on the

program’s effect on the farmers and a farm to school curriculum,” Reid said.

The goal of the project was to examine the current state of our industrial agriculture system.

Also, farmers have already implemented organic production methods, which raises “questions around how we can move towards a

more sustainable food system.”

Linfield students and members from the Office of Sustainability will be giving a presentation this Wednesday, Sept. 18 about their

experiences during this past summer summer in an internship program titled “Sustainable Agriculture.”

The presentation will begin at 6:30 pm in TJ Day Hall, room 219.

“This summer six Linfield students served on two local organic farms; Gaining Ground…and River Ridge farm in McMinville,” Duncan

Reid, the Office of Sustainability Coordinator, said by email.

During the internship, “They spent three days per week working on the farms and two days per week learning about the food system

through group conversations and field trips.

Gaining Ground, a family owned and operated farm, located in Yamhill was just one of the farms visited by the interns.

The Paine Family has been cultivating approximately six acres in Yamhill County since 2004, and is “dedicated to providing healthy,

local, fresh food and reconnecting people to what they eat,” according to the Gaining Ground website.

“We are driven by the conviction that a strong local food system is central to a thriving community, and the hope that our produce

connects people to where they live and what they eat.”

Throughout the internship, interns took various field trips to other farms and gardens associated with organic farming

techniques.

“We did take a field trip to Zena Farm, Willamette’s farm program.”

“We also visited urban gardens in Portland, Oakhill Organics in Grand Island, Vibrant Valley Farm in Carlton and others,” Reid said.

The presentation itself will be an overview of the internship experience along with individual student presentations on projects that

they collaborated with farmers about.

“The projects were: a business plan for a farm to street food cart, growing food in a high tunnel green house, research on the

program’s effect on the farmers and a farm to school curriculum,” Reid said.

The goal of the project was to examine the current state of our industrial agriculture system.

Also, farmers have already implemented organic production methods, which raises “questions around how we can move towards a

more sustainable food system.”

Ryan Morgan / Senior reporter

linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com

 

Multicultural department creates internship opportunities

Linfield College’s Multicultural Department recently created an internship position. Amy Bumatai, a recent graduate of Linfield College, is the first person to hold this title.

One of Bumatai’s main duties is advising student-lead multicultural groups. Director of Multicultural Programs, Jason Rodriqguez, and Bumatai help to direct such groups with event planning and other major projects or tasks.

For instance, Bumatai is assisting multicultural student organizations with big projects, including Hispanic Heritage Day, Native American Heritage Month and Multicultural Reception.

Bumatai said that her job also includes helping people and students understand culture and diversity. She also acts as the multicultural department’s receptionist.

One of Bumatai’s main projects is helping to develop and establish mentor and mentee relationships between Linfield’s freshmen and upper classmen through Linfield’s new Wildcat Intercultural Network (WIN) Program.

The multicultural internship was created with the recent expansion of Linfield’s Multicultural Programs Department that has moved to the third floor of Riley Hall.

“We are constantly [expanding] the office and looking for ways to celebrate the wonderful diversity at Linfield College,” said Rodriguez.

Rodriguez has worked with Bumatai for the past two years while she was co-chair for Linfield’s Hawaiian Club’s Lu’au. This is where he noticed Bumatai’s strong work ethic, positive attitude and ideas for diversity and multiculturalism at Linfield.

“Brenda DeVore Marshall recommended Amy chat with me about my career path and opportunities in Multicultural Programs and next thing you know, Amy is the intern for Multicultural Programs,” Rodriguez said. Bumatai graduated with a major in intercultural communications from Linfield in May 2013. She wrote her thesis on diversity and higher education.

“I really like student affairs and working with college groups,” Bumatai said.

Another one of Bumatai’s current projects is working with the Asian American Alliance group to create a Chinese New Year event. She is helping the group take the necessary steps to make it a campus wide event.

The Multicultural internship has a chance of being offered next year in Linfield’s Multicultural Programs department.

“It is my hope that eventually there will be an Assistant Director or Program Coordinator of Multicultural Programs as a professional position in addition to an intern,” Rodriguez said.

Mariah Gonzales / Culture Editor

Mariah Gonzales can be reached at linfieldreviewculture@gmail.com