Hoagland is a soil ecologist with dedication to sustainability principles and student collaboration. She is finishing a Ph.D. in soil and crop science at Colorado State University where she also completed a master’s degree. She has a B.S. in environmental science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, and a permaculture design certificate from Oregon State University. As farm manager, she has channeled the farm’s assets into four main functions: food production, student education, environmental restoration, and community outreach.
Assistant Farm Manager
Michael Klug is from Shelbyville, TN where he has been growing and selling produce for over three years. He has a B.S. in plant and soil science from Middle Tennessee State University. Michael also worked for the soil conservation service of the USDA. Some of his special interests include pastured poultry, beekeeping and assessing methods to grow nutrient dense food.
|In addition to full-time staff, four AmeriCorps VISTAs are based at the University Farm. VISTAs are national service volunteers who work on capacity-building projects with the goal of alleviating poverty. University Farm VISTAs serve the tri-county area of Franklin, Marion, and Grundy Counties by conducting needs assessments then using the farm’s resources to create programs that will strengthen the surrounding communities. You can read more about the University Farm’s current VISTAs projects here.|
|Bonner Leader students also serve the tri-county area from the University Farm. The Bonner Program is a service-based scholarship program that provides education and opportunity for community engagement. Sewanee students partner with community organizations, and often AmeriCorps VISTAs, to apply their education in a way that benefits the community and develop personally as community leaders. You can read more about the University Farm’s Bonner Leader projects here.|
Part-time work-study students and full-time summer interns assist the farm's staff with the day-to-day work that keeps the farm productive, clean, and safe. You can read more about work-study oppurtunties here.
Sarah Hertlein, C'20
Hometown: Stone Mountain, GA
I love working on the farm and handling the crops and the goats. Small hour long projects are my favorite things to do on the farm. I also enjoy running, snowboarding, down hill skiing, and being outside in my free time.
|Gretchen Flaig, C'20
Hometown: Gurnee, IL
Major: Natural Resources
I am from a family farm in central Illinois, and I have worked on the University Farm for two years. My favorite part about the farm is the goats and chickens. I also play for the rugby team.
Lillian Fulgham, C'21
Hometown: Starkville, MS
Major: Undecided (Interested in Music and Forestry double major)
I grew up homeschooled on a subsistence farm in rural Mississippi (we had chickens, ducks, dairy goats, and a small garden), and working on the University Farm gives me an outlet to use and develop the skills I learned from my childhood. I am a musician and play violin in the Sewanee Symphony Orchestra and trombone in the University Jazz Ensemble. I enjoy participating in activities with the Sewanee Outing Program such as hiking, climbing, and canoeing; and my favorite book series is The Lord of the Rings. I also have an orange belt in Taekwondo.
Sam Jones, C'21
Hometown: Helena, AL
Major: Undeclared (Interested in Education)
My favorite thing to do on the farm is play with the goats and pigs. In my free time I love fishing, listening to NPR, and playing the guitar. I hope to be more involved in the farm in the years to come and to start my own pickling operation.
Max Mayfield C'21
Hometown: Covington, GA
I love the farm because it helps me escape the stress of classes, while contributing to help with the production of food. I am also a part of the Sewanee Purple Haze Rugby team.