Welcome to summer intern Sydney Peterson

July 14, 2020
Sydney Peterson head shot.

Hello there! I’m Sydney Peterson, one of two communications interns working for the FFED Food Systems Team. I’ll be a junior this fall at Iowa State pursuing a major in technical communication. I’m also earning minors in advertising and entrepreneurial studies.

While I’m not studying, I am active in three different student clubs, the homecoming committee and my residential community. I also co-own a fireworks store—The Iowa Fireworks Farm—along with my dad near New Virginia.

Growing up on farms in western South Dakota and southern Iowa, I saw first-hand how important farmers are to their communities, as well as the value of agricultural education. I enjoy supporting and connecting with local farmers and producers.

Sydney with two of her 16 rabbits at her family’s farm in southern Iowa. While in 4-H, she and her siblings showed rabbits, along with many other animals. 

Growing up with 4-H

I also was a 4-H’er for nine years, which sparked my interest in ISU Extension and Outreach. The FFED internship allows me to combine my passions for outreach, extension and rural business with my interests in digital media.

During my internship, I’m focusing on providing website and content support. I’ve been working on updating current content on pages of the FFED website. I’m also supporting the development of a new website for the Iowa Farm to School and Early Care Coalition.

Over the past three weeks, I have started to expand my knowledge about local food systems and what already exists around me in those areas. It’s clear that this field is much more impactful and influential to other community indicators than I had originally thought.

I’m excited to be working with a team that supports the development of thriving local food systems statewide. I can’t wait for the work I get to continue the rest of the summer!

Sydney with a friend at a Cyclone football game (left) and with members of the Iowa State Pay it Forward Club on their annual service-based spring break trip in Pueblo, Colorado (right).