9 months out of the year, I pay Hamilton a large sum to study, learn and have life-changing experiences.
However, this summer, Hamilton is paying ME to do that stuff! Thanks to several grants available for research, every summer a select number of students get paid to further their academic pursuits.
This summer, thanks to the Emerson Grant committee, I am able to conduct research on the Hill.
Here is a short summary of my proposal:
After visiting Nuestras Raíces, a thriving community farm in Holyoke, Massachusetts — a city similar to Utica — I am curious to see if a community farm could help increase Utica’s economic prospects, strengthen ties between Hamilton and the local community and provide the local population with a sense of agency. I hope an Emerson Grant will provide me with firsthand experience in applying theory to practice. The research I conduct this summer will become critical to writing my Women’s Studies thesis on local food movements, women, and food as a form of cultural maintenance in immigrant populations. I will be implementing community gardens at Martin Luther King Elementary School and the Resource Center for Independent Living. Work will include interviewing local residents and organizations, obtaining demographic and statistical data from the city, looking into issues of soil lead poisoning in the area and conducting grant research to make the actual projects feasible.
Because I am working to increase the local food movement in Utica, I am pledging to personally change the way I eat my own food:
1. Only eat local meats (within 100 miles)
2. Stop purchasing processed foods
3. Buy as much produce from the farmers market in Clinton & Utica
4. Eat in season
We will see how the summer pans out! Hopefully by its end, I will have lots of information, experience and resources for my Women's Studies senior thesis in the fall and a stomach full of fresh local products.