We have a whole new crop of interns joining the Nourishing the Planet team this fall. Today, meet Rachael Styer.
Rachael is a recent graduate of Yale University, where she majored in Environmental Studies. She focused her studies on environmental history and wrote her award-winning senior thesis on the history of agriculture in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. She has a keen interest in sustainable agriculture and global agricultural policy and hopes to spend her career advancing good farm and food policy at home and abroad.
After her freshman year at Yale, Rachael traveled to Bologna, Italy, to work with her brother on a small organic herb farm for the summer.
During her time on the farm, she learned the rudiments of small-scale farming and living an organic lifestyle. The following summer she pursued her interest in energy policy by living and working in the mountains of West Virginia while working on anti-mountaintop removal mining issues with the non-profit group Coal River Mountain Watch.
Back at Yale during her junior and senior years, Rachael wrote for the National Geographic Great Energy Challenge Blog and the Yale Undergraduate Law Review and served as a juror for the Environmental Film Festival at Yale.
Rachael is very excited to be a part of the NtP team, and hopes to further the project by learning more about agricultural policy around the world and its implications for human and environmental health.
She takes a very interdisciplinary approach to her research and writing, and always appreciates feedback on her blog posts from knowledgeable NtP readers!
In her free time, Rachael loves to read books by witty female comedians, complete the daily crossword, snuggle with her maine coone Cooper and spend time with her friends and family.
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