December 1, 2015

Meet the Year-Round Farm Project Crew

This year marks Island Grown School's 3rd Year-Round Farm Project. During our 2015-2016 school year, our crew is focusing on facilitating school and community-based projects in 4 specific areas:

  • Composting and food waste reduction programs;
  • Supporting healthy, locally grown food in school meals;
  • Growing student engagement in school gardens; and
  • Developing a strong local seed system

Meet the 2015-2016 crew members

(P.s, this crew is a goofy bunch, in lieu of "Fun Facts" to share on this blog post, they unanimously agreed they'd prefer to share their answers to the question: "If you were a raccoon, what would you take out of the trash?". To hear their answers, click here)


Zale Nariewicz is a junior at MVCPS and this is his first season with the Farm Project. Zale is a wiz at math and is discovering his new interest in farming. This fall, he said he felt especially connected to the work we do in FP when the kitchen staff at his high school thanked him for the sweet potatoes we harvested and donated to the lunch program.











Natalija Lakis is a junior at MVRHS and this is her first season with the Farm Project. Natalija is an avid athlete and is trying her hand at farming for the first time.












Lily Tilton is a sophomore at MVCPS and is a returning member of the Farm Project. During our summer season, Lily worked hard with our crew to produce over 500 lbs of potatoes and sweet potatoes. She is also the source of much light hearted fun in the program (e.g she is the originator of the "If I were a raccoon…" question!)










Clancy Conlin is junior at MVPCS and this is his first season with the Farm Project. A musician and avid believer in "one man's trash is another man's treasure", Clancy brings his big hair personality and quiet dedicated work to our crew.










Autumn Richards is a junior at MVPCS and is a returning member of the Farm Project. A skilled artist and very hard worker, Autumn was always the first to volunteer to do the heavy lifting this summer to prep, maintain and harvest our 600sq ft organic farming plot.











Mary McCarthy is a junior at MVRHS and this is her first season with the Farm Project. Captain of her cross country team, Mary brings her high energy and hard work to our program.











Ryan O'Malley is a sophomore at MVRHS and this is his first season with the Farm Project. A talented potter and cross country runner, Ryan is passionate about encouraging others to choose healthy foods and is learning how to grow them.











Astrid Tilton is a senior at MVPCS and is a returning member of the Farm Project. A passionate and talented wild forager, Astrid brings great knowledge, curiosity and leadership to our program, and was often found this summer exploring and teaching others about wild edibles that are frequently discarded as weeds. She is also a leader in the efforts to pass the Farm-to-School bill in Massachusetts and ban plastic bags on Martha's Vineyard.










Sophie Devanski is a junior at MVRHS and is a returning member of the Farm Project. A hard worker and one of 6 children in her family, Sophie brings her smile and open mindedness to the project, always including others and working with a positive attitude.