Megan Dickerson, Budding Farmer
Talk about dedication. Megan Dickerson, Hope Farms’ summer intern, wakes up every morning at 5 a.m–4:30 on Saturdays–to make the one-hour journey from her home in Wallis, Texas, to the farm. You will see her digging, watering and harvesting produce alongside Justin Myers, the Foundation’s chief agricultural officer, and volunteers. Megan calls herself the “Urban Farm Girl.” She is an avid home baker, a recent graduate of Houston Community College’s Culinary Arts program and the owner of online baking company Simple & Sweet. You can follow her beautiful photography on Instagram at @Simplysweet
Megan grew up in a small, rural community, so farming is second nature to the Texan. Indeed, she lives on a farm in Wallis with her father and son; the family raises beef cattle and horses, and Megan wouldn’t have it any other way. Her focus is to become a part of an initiative that promotes food education, access to consumable foods and the overall well-being of society to build healthy food systems.
Megan joined the Hope Farms family in May as a summer intern. When asked what drew her to us, she replied: “We are teaching others how to cook and eat the vegetables that so many do not have access to on a consistent basis.”
Here is a Q & A with Megan:
Recipe for Success: How did you hear about Hope Farms?
Megan: The Recipe For Success Foundation was mentioned in my Healthy Cuisine class, by Chef Judith Boykin. I visited the website and stumbled upon Hope Farms and reviewed the opportunities to volunteer and give back to the community, and I’ve been hooked ever since then.
Recipe for Success: Why did you volunteer?
Megan: Historically, I’ve been quite involved with volunteering my time. I recently graduated in Culinary Arts, and I wanted to volunteer my time becoming involved in a mission that not only could ignite my passion but afford me the knowledge to understand my focus on healthy cuisine, food systems, and how they translate from farm to fork. When I discovered, after doing research, that I once lived in a food desert, it was imperative to step in and be a part of this initiative.
Recipe for Success: What is the most important thing you have learned thus far working at the farm?
Megan: That we are all part of community on a much larger scale than imaginable, and if we look past cultural differences, working side by side we can achieve anything. Hope Farms has taught me that with a little ingenuity we can educate a community about the many vegetable varieties available to them and show them how to prepare meals on a budget. In addition, I have learned that the farm brings hope.