Our next intern began her time at Farm Fresh as a volunteer during the summer with Healthy Foods, Healthy Families working at the Slater Park and Armory Park markets. She transitioned to an internship in the fall and has been instrumental both at the markets as well as behind-the-scenes in the office working on HFHF data entry, program planning, and development. A senior at Providence College, here is our very own Alex Male.
1) How did you hear about Farm Fresh RI?
I heard about Farm Fresh last winter when I visited the indoor market with my roommates. I loved the market and definitely needed to purchase some Fresh Bucks during my visits.
2) What are some of the projects you have been working on at FFRI?
During the outdoor markets, I worked with Healthy Foods, Healthy Families at the Slater Memorial Park and Armory Park markets. I also helped prep for the program and enter survey data. Now that the market is indoors, I help with the tasting table on Wednesday evenings and I work at the Welcome Desk on Saturdays.
3) Does your volunteering at FFRI connect to your academics or future plans?
Volunteering at FFRI absolutely connects to my future plans. I have been very interested in public health and more recently I’ve become interested in food access. I would love to pursue a career in food policy or public health nutrition.
4) What do (did) you study in school?
I am a senior at Providence College studying Health Policy and Psychology.
5) What have you learned so far from volunteering here?
In my short time at Farm Fresh I have learned so much about problems with food access in Providence, ways to incentivize behavioral change, and the importance of educating children. Seeing the change in some of the children’s willingness to try new foods was such a privilege to see!
6) What has been your favorite time/moment at FFRI (so far)?
My favorite moment at FFRI happened during one of the last weeks of HFHF. One of the girls in the program came up to me and asked for advice on purple fruits and vegetables. After I gave her some ideas, she told me she had been forgetful and needed to eat more purple fruits and vegetables. We had talked about the importance of eating a variety of colors a few weeks earlier (and that purple fruits and veggies help our brains and memory) and I loved knowing that she remembered the lesson!
7) What’s your favorite vegetable?
That is such a hard choice, but I would probably have to say beets!