Maxine Young (MAPP 2016-2017 class) and Melissa Hoffman (2014-2015 class) with Farm Foward's Jewish Initiative for Animals visit Frank R. Reese Jr. at Good Shepherd Poultry Ranch
M.S. in Animals and Public Policy Externship Experience (MAPP)
Saving Heritage: Farm Forward’s Mission to Protect Farmers and Preserve Standard-bred PoultryClick link for Externship Presentation Maxine Young
My main project at Farm Forward was implementing a food certification program called Certified Heritage. This program would certify farmers who were raising standard-bred heritage poultry and would promote a market for slow-growing birds. During my internship, I learned about the poultry industry as well as chicken genetics and how fast-growing, hybrid birds suffer immensely. Having studied how difficult it can be to have policy changed during the program, I was able to better understand why Farm Forward works at the institutional level when attempting to improve chicken welfare. It is much easier to go straight to a business and work with them than working at a federal level. A really great skill I was able to improve was my project management. During school and during the internship I was juggling at least 3 projects at one time. Now I feel like I know how to organize tasks and stay focused much better.