AMES, Iowa — Holly Bignall, a graduate student at Iowa State University with an emphasis in religious studies, philosophy and women’s studies, is working for One Step at a Time Gardens in Kanawha as part of ISU Extension’s Life in Iowa summer intern program.
Bignall, whose hometown is Waterloo, is working with all aspects of production and marketing for the sustainable agriculture farm operation. She helps plant, maintain and harvest naturally-raised farm products including vegetables, herbs, eggs and poultry, as well as packing, delivering, marketing and selling items.
Each Iowa State Life in Iowa intern donates 100 hours of time over the summer to a community volunteer project. In addition to her work with the gardens, Bignall will volunteer with the City of Belmond.
This is the third year that a Life in Iowa intern from Iowa State has spent the summer in Kanawha.
The Life in Iowa program encourages students to stay in Iowa after college graduation by involving them in the communities in which they are working. The interns complement their work experience with classroom learning and service projects that help them experience the people, businesses and organizations that make Iowa a great place to live and work. The program encourages students to develop leadership, ethics and service skills that will help them in the future.
For more information on the Life in Iowa program, visit http://www.lifeiniowa.org.
Lynette Spicer, Continuing Education and Communication Services, (515) 294-1327,