Mackenzie Johnson, Policy Management and Spanish


Mackenzie Johnson, Baird Sustainability Fellow 2016

Mackenzie Johnson '16

Mackenzie Johnson is a Policy Management and Spanish double major. In high school, she discovered a passion for agriculture at a local organic farm, but did not know how to connect it to the things she wanted to pursue in college. Coming to Dickinson, she intended to be a Spanish and International Business major, but instantly became swept up in the sustainability community at Dickinson, including the Treehouse, EarthNow, and SISA. She chose Policy Management, as it would allow her to explore the governmental policies that structured the country’s agricultural system and management of resources.

After her first year, she worked at a small organic farm with a Spanish-speaking crew, combining her interests in agriculture and the Spanish language and culture. Upon returning to Dickinson, she worked as the coordinator for the Farm Cook Eat program, run by the college farm, which offers afterschool classes about farming and healthy eating to third grade students. In her final year of college, her academic and professional interests center on inequality in food access, food security, and building resiliency in communities. Her work with high school students with LEAF, a non-profit in Carlisle, solidified her interest in pursuing education in these topics.