Growing up near Ithaca, the heart of the Finger Lakes region, Aimee Seymour has long had an interest in the natural world. She attended SUNY Cobleskill where she earned her Associate’s degree in Environmental Studies and her Bachelor’s degree in Plant Science. It was that education track that led her to Hawthorne Valley in 2013.
“In order to graduate with my Bachelor’s, I needed to complete an internship, and I knew that I wanted it to be on a farm,” she said. “Two friends of mine had told me about Hawthorne Valley Farm and thought that I would enjoy working here, so I came as a Whole Farm apprentice.”
As an apprentice, Aimee learned the ins and outs of vegetable growing and livestock management as she rotated between working with the Corner Garden, Field Vegetables, and Barn. Once the apprenticeship was completed, Aimee remained on the Farm, continuing to work in both gardens and the barn before settling in as the Field Vegetable assistant in her third growing season.
The Field Vegetable crew grows veggies for the greenmarkets, CSAs, and some wholesale. While Aimee is involved in all the tasks related to growing the plants—seeding, planting, weeding, irrigating, harvesting, washing—most of her responsibilities focus on tractor work. That involves tilling, prepping beds for starts, and cultivating the soil.
Asked what drew her to farming, Aimee said, “I love plants and watching them grow. I find enjoyment in growing food, which is such a basic need. I also enjoy the tractor work and the time I get to spend trying to keep all of our fields neat and tidy!”