Program Director, Duke Campus Farm
Assistant Professor of the Practice at the Duke Franklin Humanities Institute
Dr. Saskia Cornes took the helm at the Duke Campus Farm in June of 2014. She received her formal farm training on the 30-acre farm at UC Santa Cruz’s Center for Agroecology and Sustainable Food Systems (known as the Farm & Garden), where she started as an apprentice and ended as an instructor. But most of her farming knowledge comes from farming alongside others – mainly with small-scale organic growers, but also with college students, chefs, and at-risk youth, including stints at the Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture, Added Value/Red Hook Community Farm, and smallholdings in India, Scotland and Spain. She has been working in and around the campus farm movement for five years, designing experiential curricula in critical food studies for Columbia University, the University of San Francisco, UC Santa Cruz and Hostos Commmunity College. Saskia recently completed a doctoral dissertation in English literature, on the culture of agriculture, at Columbia University, where she was a Mellon INCITE Fellow. When she’s not out in the field, she’s bringing the field to campus, working with departments and programs across Duke to rethink our relationship to food and to the land and people that grow it.
Assistant Program Manager
Emily supports DCF’s food production and educational programming by building connections across student, faculty and community spheres. She has been with the farm since its inception in 2010 and enjoys connecting with other campus farms to strengthen the broader movement toward developing interdisciplinary, experiential food systems spaces. When Emily isn’t busy working alongside the student farm crew or scheming DCF’s next co-curricular program, she’s probably chatting with a neighbor.
Field Education Manager
A Southern native, Leslie has built and managed farms in Tennessee, Arkansas, and Mississippi, prior to moving to the Piedmont. At the DCF, she facilitates interdisciplinary studies with the farm serving as a learning lab. Each semester she educates a revolving student crew on the mechanics of small-scale, sustainable agriculture. A degree in Agronomy with a concentration of Environment Soil Science from Mississippi State University affirms her right as a self-professed, dirt nerd. A lifelong love of flowers and the natural world has propelled her towards a career she believes to be the perfect alchemy of her passions: food, plants, and people.
Meet The Student Crew
Julia is a senior studying data journalism. When they’re not watchdogging, Julia can be found cooking up dinner parties for friends and family. They also DJ and run news programming for WXDU Durham. After pursuing data-driven education reporting, Julia hopes to settle back down in the city and open a sandwich shop/dance venue called Dr. Donheiser’s Vitality Sandwiches.
Pauline Grieb is a senior from France and Germany, pursuing majors in Environmental Policy and Public Policy at Duke. Inspired by the stories of urban farmers of Detroit, the permaculture pioneers in the small village of “le Bec-Hellouin” in Normandy and many others featured in the French documentary “Demain” or “Tomorrow,” she has been working at the farm since her sophomore year. Also passionate about bicycle urbanism, she loves envisioning resilient communities that have their hands in the soil and feet on the pedals.
Aedan is currently a 5th year senior here at Duke. Aedan is majoring in Environmental Science and getting a Certificate in Documentary Studies. He is originally from Denver, Colorado, but at one point or another have called Alaska, California, and New Zealand home. In his free time he loves to trail run, mountain bike, backpack, and does pretty much anything in the mountains. After graduating in December, he is hoping to move back West to become a documentary photographer and writer.
Bella is a senior studying Civil Engineering and Photography who loves to work with her hands, both on and off the farm. Though post-graduation life is still a big question mark, she plans on melding her interests in a way that allows her to promote community sustainability and resilience one way or another. You'll usually find her dancing, playing capoeira, or experimenting with fabric art.
Emily McNamara is in her first year at Duke’s Nicholas School of Environmental Management where she is obtaining a Master’s degree in Environmental Management with a focus in Ecosystem Science and Conservation. Emily grew up on an organic walnut farm in Northern California and is excited to expand her knowledge and fuel her passion for farming on Duke’s Campus Farm. She is interested in farmland conservation and organic growing methods in North Carolina. Even though Emily is a long way from California, working on the Duke Campus Farm makes her feel right at home.
Ruolin (Eudora) Miao
Coming from Sichuan, southwest China, Eudora enjoys spicy food, mountains, and the fantastic biodiversity of her home province. She is a 4th-year undergrad studying Biology and Environmental Science & Policy. She is excited to learn about how sustainable food system and community farms could play a role in her interest areas including conservation, restoration, and environmental education. When Eudora is not at work, she is probably squatting near mushrooms and plants, birding, traveling, reading, running, or learning accordion and ukulele.
A native North Carolinian, Paul was born and raised in nearby Chapel Hill / Carrboro. After studying neuroscience at Middlebury College in Vermont for undergrad, he is now pursuing a dual-degree graduate program (Master's of Environmental Management and Master's of Forestry) at Duke's Nicholas School of the Environment. An enthusiast of all things involving the outdoor landscape, he is excited to learn about community-based food production and sustainable agriculture, just one of the many important and interconnected ways that land is used in the modern world.
Emma Stein is a sophomore pursuing her academic goals in food studies, global health, social justice and environmental policy through a Duke University Program II. When she moved to Durham she searched for an outlet that would provide hands-on experience and recreate what she felt in her own garden this past summer. She's in love with the raw nature of the work on the farm and is now pursuing agriculture in an academic school setting and through travel.