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I am a rising senior at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York. Geneva, New York is located at the northern end of Seneca Lake, the second largest of the Finger Lakes. I am a double major in Geoscience and Environmental Studies, with a minor in Sustainable Community Development. As a geoscience major, with a concentration in agricultural meteorology, I have developed an interest in the intimate relationship between weather, climate and agriculture. On the social side, my studies in environmental studies and sustainable community development have forced me to think critically about the humanities' relationship with the environment, our food system in the United States, and our demand for the basic necessities of life - juxtaposed with an ever-growing population and a definitive limit on natural resources. The interconnectedness of these three disciplines has inspired me to take action. Going forward, I hope to devote my life to the conservation and preservation of the American agricultural landscape. I plan on doing this in an interdisciplinary way, which will include the harvesting of fertile land, the rehabilitation of once-fertile land, advocacy work through nonprofit organizations, the creation and support of community around growing (through community supported agriculture, community gardens and farmer's markets), and through the sharing of oral and written word about agricultural history in the United States. After graduation from Hobart and William Smith Colleges, I intend to pursue a graduate degree from a Land Grant University in some aspect of agriculture, perhaps in horticulture or sustainability and conservation development. Upon completion of a graduate degree, I want to purchase land and begin the cultivation of crops in a biodynamic manner, while pursuing a United States Department of Agriculture Organic certification. My long-term goals include creating a nonprofit organization that will encourage and support young people who want to go into agriculture by connecting them with professionals who were once in their position. Part of my vision for the nonprofit would be advocacy work on the federal level to financially support young farmers. My aspirations lead me to the ultimate goal of leaving the Earth a better place than the way I found it.