We participate in The Ohio University Agricultural Intern Program. Every year we have the pleasure of hosted young interns from foreign countries who want a farming experience in the U.S. Please welcome them when you see them and feel free to stop a while and talk with them!
In 2023 to 2024 our interns were: Allison Dayhan from Peru; Alina Ntslapane from South Africia, Madeon Harefa from Indonesia and David Mkombo from Zimbabwe. Following is Alina's bio.
My name is Alina Ntsiapane, and I am from South Africa. I have just completed my PhD in Sustainable Agriculture. I have passion for farming, Agri-business, capacity building and research. I have been seeking a challenging and rewarding opportunity where my intellectual abilities and acquired skills can be utilized; and finally, I can proudly say I have found that opportunity at Coonamessett farm. The farm has been such a great environment for me to learn, connect, meet great people and also have fun.
I am privileged to work with highly intelligent people who are teaching me in minutes the lessons that could have taken me ages to learn. I enjoy sharing my skills with other people to help improve food security and achieve Sustainable Developmental Goals. When I was back at home (South Africa), I use to train smallholder farmers. Now that I am at Coonamessett farm, I have created a YouTube Channel
(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkL1hblnPd8&t=1s) that I use as a platform to share the skills that I am acquiring at Coonamessett farm.
Besides farming, I enjoy food, biking and nice sun set walks at the beach. I am very grateful to be placed at Coonamessett Farm, I am loving it here!
Alina finished her PhD. while interning at the farm and is currently starting a new job in Rome!!