Maya Shoemaker is in her second year in the Masters of Science in Environmental Education and Masters of Arts in Teaching programs. She is currently working at the SOU farm as the Business Operations Manager where she loves learning about organic farming and operating the business parts of the farm.
When linking her job to sustainability, Maya believes that “Conventional agriculture is one of the primary contributors to climate change, topsoil is being depleted at an alarming rate and food insecurity is of global concern. By learning sustainable agricultural practices, students at the Farm at SOU are taking steps to increase ecological literacy and self-efficacy. Additionally, by providing pesticide-free produce to our campus community we increase local resilience and cut down on carbon emissions.” Maya enjoys working on the farm and getting to know the rhythms of the seasons, the needs of plants, and the interests of the people she works with. She is doing excellent work for SOU!