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Intern Spotlight

Emma Childs

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While most of her classmates spent their summer taking vacations or working, Berry junior Emma Childs interned at  Heifer Ranch’s 1,200-acre property in remote Perryville, Arkansas, enduring the 110-degree heat and teaching groups of middle school students about issues like animal husbandry, sustainable agricultural processes, and some of the implications of the world’s ever-increasing population. She also led the children on tours and overnight stays at Heifer’s “Global Village,” where they see exhibits and engage in activities designed to teach visitors where our food comes from, why we should care, and what we can do to end world hunger. Emma also taught a class called “Just Dough It,” in which the children are able to make and eat their own pizzas after learning about each step in the process of getting food from farm to table.

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The experience made a deep impact on Emma, who says that she feels called “to work in this field in an inner city environment, specifically low-income, minority communities” or possibly abroad. “I can’t completely put a finger on exactly why I feel drawn to this part of the world, but I always have,” she says. “My heart breaks for those growing up in a concrete jungle without ever seeing a plant bloom or a cow being milked in person. Shouldn’t every human have the opportunity to pull a carrot from the earth and then eat it? My time at Heifer made me realize even more that this is where I am supposed to end up – in a place full of diversity, of dirt, of hard questions, of goats and bees, tons of vegetables, sunshine, strangers becoming friends, and the sharing of life.”

Emma, who designed an Interdisciplinary Studies major involving a variety of environmental engineering and animal science classes, describes her time at the ranch as, “the most

challenging summer I have ever had,” but also says the summer taught her that she absolutely loves teaching. “I have had the opportunity to empower these kids and encourage them to affect positive change in our world. How many people can say they have had that privilege?”

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