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Ecology Action Interns

Thanks to a generous gift from former Pacific Regent Walter Robb, the Pacific Garden Program is able to offer scholarships to two Pacific students to undergo training in biointensive gardening at the Ecology Action Farm in Willits, CA. 

Meet the Summer 2017 Ecology Action Interns:

Pauline Montemayor

Laura Navarro

Pauline Montemayor has been a resident of Tracy, California for all her life and is no stranger to the Stockton area. She is currently majoring in Environmental Science with a minor in Sustainability here at the University of the Pacific and has been part of Pacific since 2009. Originally a biology major, she switched to her current major after deciding to focus her studies in an area that she is truly passionate about. Pauline is also considered a 'nontraditional' student, having taken a break from academia for two years before making her return. In that time, she acquired the type of knowledge that cannot be taught in a classroom setting - real life knowledge. Although a student, first and foremost, she manages to divide her time between school and various (and slightly odd) hobbies that include: woodworking, painting, leopard gecko breeding, and different forms of DIY projects.

Laura Navarro is from Castro Valley, California. All her life, Laura has been interested in gardening, but being from a small urban city, she found it difficult to get her hands in the soil. Nevertheless, she often found herself involved in wildlife rescues and environmental improvement projects. She majored in Environmental Science at the University of the Pacific intending to become an advocate for the Earth. As she learned about the grim future being predicted by scientists all over the world, she began to believe that food security will be one of the major issues humanity will have to face. It was through working in the Ted and Chris Robb Garden that Laura was introduced to the biointensive method, and she became very interested in learning more about this sustainable method of farming. She plans to spread the knowledge of sustainable farming in the hopes that someday soon society will join her in pursuing sustainability.