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Alumni Spotlight: Chloe Bennett

BA ’17 Liberal Arts and Sciences (Majors: Sustainability Studies and Political Science)

Chloe Bennett tabling for Grow OrganicChloe recently graduated from the University of Florida with two B.A. degrees in Political Science and Sustainability Studies. During her time at UF Chloe volunteered with many groups and took classes outside her majors, trying to find the right career fit. When Marty Mesh, executive director of FOG, spoke in Dr. Thiele’s Facets of Sustainability class, Chloe began looking into organic agriculture as a career opportunity. She started volunteering at the UF Community Farm and was soon hooked. For her capstone course in the sustainability studies major, she interned with Florida Organic Growers, the very organization that inspired her plans for the future. Chloe was interning in the education and outreach department and FOG offered her a job after graduation. She started as an assistant summit coordinator helping plan an Organic Food & Farming Summit in September 2017. Chloe then applied for a crop certification reviewer position within Quality Certification Services, FOG’s accredited organic certifying agency and has held this position since the beginning of October. She plans on pursuing her masters in agroecology or a related field so she can spend her life helping increase the amount of organic agriculture and access to organic products worldwide. In her free time she can be found biking the Hawthorne Trail or eating good food with even better friends.