My name is Alex Young, and I am originally from Salt Lake City, Utah. Currently I live in East Troy, Wisconsin and attend Michael Fields Agricultural Institute (MFAI). At MFAI I am participating in the New Farmer Foundation Year, an educational program that focuses on biodynamic, sustainable and organic agriculture. Through this program myself and the other students are exposed to all aspects of a sustainable farming lifestyle with a curriculum that is both experiential and theoretical. A bulk of the day to day activities take place on site at Stella Gardens where we are running a CSA under the direction of Shawn, second year farm management apprentice, and Janet, Farm and Food Education Director. Other educational opportunities include the Whole Farm Workshop Series, more than 30 classes that cover all aspects of a farming life. We also benefit from cooperative instructors, regional farmers who introduce students to their farming operations. Cooperative learning opportunities include beekeeping, an apple orchard, an urban garden program and a diverse animal based farm.