Meet Our Member – Ryann Collins
Nutrition & Agriculture Educator at Green Mountain Farm-to-School
After graduating from Green Mountain College in 2014, Ryann began working as an AmeriCorps member at Green Mountain Farm-to-School. It seemed like an obvious choice: She studied Philosophy with an emphasis on sustainable agriculture, and during her final year in college, Ryann became very interested in the interplay between local food ethics and problems of food access and insecurity. Contrary to popular belief, she has found that a philosophy degree can be pretty relevant to everyday work!
What is a typical day like in your position with AmeriCorps?
I serve in the very rural Northeast Kingdom, traveling between four schools to deliver farm-to-school programming. My days are pretty varied: after-school Fall Garden Club sessions, field trips to sheep dairies, working with kids to make cauliflower soup for a seasonal taste-test, making butter with Kindergartners for a Moo to You workshop… Every day is different.
Why did you join VHCB AmeriCorps?
I served my first term at GMFTS with the NEKI AmeriCorps program, and VHCB gave me the opportunity to continue my service in a slightly different capacity. As a VHCB member, I’ve been able to deepen my relationships with the school communities I serve, focusing on projects and collaborations to which I was unable to give my full attention in my first term of service.
What is the highlight of serving at your site?
I love getting to know kids in my schools. Especially continuing as a second-year member, I have built worthwhile relationships around my work in farm-based education.
What would you like other people to know about serving with VHCB AmeriCorps?
Serving in a community as an AmeriCorps member can, and should, be a challenging exercise in considering perspectives beyond one’s own. This is essential both to effective service in a particular community and to democratic life.