Monday, February 21, 2011
Intern Reunion at Sierra College
One of our 2009 interns, Julie House, visited us today - what a treat! Julie is now working at a Montessori school in Davis. We had a great time catching up. Julie helped us move fence for the sheep and goats at Sierra College and walked through the ewes to check for new lambs (turns out that lambing is her favorite time of year, too). One of this year's interns, Paul Lambertson, worked with us this morning, too - our chores went especially quickly!
Over the years, we've tried to develop a formal internship program. Our interns are expected to read up on subjects related to sheep production and pasture management. We also help them gain hands-on experience in all aspects of our business. Finally, each intern takes on a farm-related project - Julie's was helping to organize a lamb and goat recipe book - and a farm-community project.
While formal education is important, much of what I've learned from being in the sheep business is not taught in college level animal science or agricultural economics classes. We hope that our interns gain a tremendous amount of skill and knowledge during their time with us. We certainly benefit from looking at our operation through new eyes!