Lizzie Wilford graduated from Dickinson Faculty in 2016 with a Studio Arts diploma. As a pupil, she was excited in regards to the Faculty Farm. She turned associates with plenty of pupil farmers and was a loyal supporter, attending each Pizza on the Plaza and different Farm-sponsored occasions on campus. Following commencement, Lizzie bought the prospect to additional contain herself in farm happenings because the Schooling and Outreach Coordinator. She was trying ahead to the steadiness between out of doors and indoor work that the place provided and located herself happiest when she was outdoors, serving to on the farm, getting her fingers soiled, and taking part in with the animals.
She says her path since graduating Dickinson has been something however straight and slender. Following her EOC days, Lizzie joined fellow DCF alum Megan Moody within the Adirondack Mountains – at Craigardan, an artist residency program that additionally boasts a small farm on their property. Her work week was cut up between farm and property chores and private artwork tasks. As a former TA within the Dickinson clay studio, she was excited to get to work with ceramics once more. Throughout this time, Lizzie additionally began working for one more native farm, operating their farmer’s market as soon as per week. On the finish of her residency, Lizzie continued working full-time for the native farm, attending 5 markets per week and dealing with wholesale deliveries by means of October 2018. She was blissful to remain within the idyllic Adirondacks and bought to convey her golden retriever alongside for the journey.
Lizzie then transitioned into development with associates from Craigardan, and later into maple operations, working with a neighborhood farmer whom she related with by means of the farmer’s market circuit. As their supervisor, she oversaw the sugar bush made up of over 1,500 sugar maple bushes. When there was a leak or hole within the tubing system (this might occur resulting from quite a few causes – one being a pesky fisher cat, which she recommends trying up for those who’ve by no means seen one earlier than), she was accountable for finding the issue space. Her golden retriever sidekick by no means did not assist her endeavors and cherished any alternative to return play within the snow together with her. One other perk of this job was serving to out within the precise syrup-making!
She’s dove into flower farming and gave jobs as a barista and HVAC technician a shot. She’s even labored for herself as a private landscaper. Earlier than shifting again to Maryland the place she’s initially from, Lizzie returned to Craigardan as a particular tasks supervisor, serving to them with numerous constructing tasks on their newly acquired property.
In Maryland, Lizzie spent 10 months working at a local plant nursery and small farm earlier than getting employed as a Center College Artwork Trainer in a neighboring county. She’s very blissful on this present place and appears ahead to someday pursuing a graduate diploma in Schooling. In her spare time, she enjoys using her bike, being on the water, creating artwork, and taking part in together with her two cats, Pickle and Porkchop.
When requested to share her favorite Dickinson Faculty Farm reminiscence, she says, “Throughout senior week of my senior 12 months we had a live performance on the Faculty Farm and it was one in every of my favourite bands on the time (Parsonsfield). I used to be surrounded by my associates and classmates with good meals, good beer and good music and we have been sitting on the framing of the timber-framed barn. I used to be sitting with one in every of my classmates who had been a pupil farmer however was shifting away after commencement and he simply checked out me and stated, “you might be so very fortunate to be spending the following 12 months right here,” and man was he proper. I’ll endlessly be thankful for my time with the Faculty Farm and I at all times sit up for returning and visiting.”