Teens on Farms intern honored
Valente Campos received a Certificate of Recognition from Mountain Harvest Festival after the Kids Pasta Project dinner for Teens on Farms on Sept. 10. Valente was one of two Teens on Farms interns this summer to be awarded a scholarship by Mountain Harvest Festival. Sarah Bishop, an MHF board member (left), presented the award to Valente, noting his ambition and hard work. Valente’s mother, Cresta, supported his work and is proud of his achievements. Valente, who has just finished his second summer as a Teens on Farms intern, acknowledged that he learned it is not easy to be a farmer and that he should ask for help when he was uncertain of the task at hand. Next to Valente is Wink Davis, the owner of Mesa Winds Farm where Valente worked. He also spent some time at Zephyros Farm this summer. Cassandra Shenk, on the far right, is the founder and director of Teens on Farms, whose mission is to put every willing teen to work on a farm. She credits the success of the four-year- old program to the farmers, the parents, the many program supporters and the teens themselves.