And so my first week has come to an end! I didn’t even have a chance to introduce myself; we have been such busy bees learning all about strawberries for the upcoming season that an introduction completely slipped my mind. Well, here we are. Hello there! My name is Stacia and I am a graduate of one of Connecticut’s lovely state universities–Southern.
My interest in farming can be traced back to many origins, but the most monumental moment for myself was at the completion of my Honors Thesis–a two-year long photography project about an abandoned coal-mining town called Centralia, located in Pennsylvania. For just a moment, I’ll take you back in history: Centralia was once booming with coal industry and boasted around 1,100 residents. That all began to change in 1962 when in May of that year, a group of sanitation workers were burning a trash heap a short distance from the town and enkindled an open coal seam beneath the debris.
For twenty years, firefighters exhausted their efforts in controlling the fire, but the United States government decided that the most cost-effective decision was to evacuate the residents. Now solely four houses remain and smoke still billows from the ground in some parts, providing a reminder of the problem that still lingers.
I am here because I want to make a difference; people should not have to kill the environment in which they live just to provide for their families. I want to mitigate this problem and agriculture, I have found, seems to be my perfect niche. I am so excited for the months to come at Jones Family Farms!