In the top from left to right: Adele (Commissioner of Communication), Zoe (Field Commissioner), Ellen (Field Comissioner), Nikki (Treasurer), Harlino (Secretary), Nikita (Commissioner of Activities), Bia (Chair)
Bia Cerqueira (Chair)
Hi people! My name is Beatriz (23), more known as Bia, and I am presenting myself as the chair of the WSF for this new period. I have taken this challenge (and opportunity) right after I joined the WSF as an active member, to contribute more directly to the mission of this amazing association and all of its projects. As a chair, I hope to adequately represent the WSF and honour its principles, while contributing to the achievement of the proposed goals. I have always been passionate about farming, a fact that encouraged me to become an Agronomic Engineer. Now, at Wageningen University and Research, I am focusing on environmental issues in my MSc in Environmental Sciences with a specialisation in Environmental Policy. For me, having the possibility to integrate the board of the WSF is an honour, since it allows me to know amazing projects and people who, like me, are passionate about agriculture, sustainability, and environmental preservation. If you have any question or simply some words you would like to write, feel free to contact me. Looking forward to meeting you! :)
Harlino Prayudha (Secretary)
Hi there! Harlino’s here and I will be the secretary of WSF in this board period. As the secretary, it is my duty to keep you updated with our weekly newsletter and emailing stuff, feel free to be in touch for this :) Apart from that, I am in my second year of MSc Plant Sciences at the moment. I have that kind of calling if it refers to plant stuff. I love to explore and do experiments in farming, I feel it was more rewarding to put my knowledge into practice. If you ask me what I like about WSF, I would say, the endless possibilities of gaining connection with nature and having all of those conversations with the lovely people here. I really looking forward to seeing you soon!
Nikita (Commissioner of Activities)
Hi dear people! I’m Nikita (22) and I will be commissioner of activities for the coming year. I’m studying the BSc Plant Sciences and the Thursdays with WSF are truly my recharging day. When I first joined WSF in my first year, I was quickly smitten by all the lovely people of WSF, their endless enthusiasm and kindness. After being active with the Brewthers & Sisters and helping with cooking on Thursdays, I decided to join the board to hopefully add my little nugget of effort and value into WSF. As commissioner of activities I’ll help people of WSF set up workshops and create new projects. If you’ve got an idea you’d want to do with all of WSF, don’t hesitate to shoot me a message. See you around 😊
Zoe Waller (Field Commissioner)
Hello everyone and welcome! My name is Zoé Waller and I’m so grateful to be the new field commissioner together with Ellen. After taking care of the Intercropping project for one year, I decided to go one step further and become part of the board. I’m doing my master’s in Environmental Sciences and I’m specialising in agricultural topics. On the side, I’m part of the Youth Leadership for Earth Democracy program offered by Navdanya and coordinated by Vandana Shiva. There, I hope to find more inspiration and creative energy to develop ecoliteracy projects and simply support students in developing and reinforcing their connection with nature. I hope we can share a lot together, from warm and cosy dinners to muddy working sessions! I’m very often on the field, so please never hesitate to connect and ask every question or propose any idea that you have in mind. We never dream too big.
Ellen Hoekstra (Field Commissioner)
Hello and welcome! My name is Ellen, and together with Zoé I am field commissioner of WSF. I grew up on a little farm somewhere in the middle of the French countryside, and that’s probably why I have always been at my happiest when outside. Next to the farm, I study Animal Sciences and am writing my thesis about agroecology, which is what I am really passionate about: where nature and farming meet.
Becoming field commissioner gives me the opportunity to be involved with WSF while making sure I spend as much time as possible on the field. WSF for me is that small corner of Wageningen where you can garden to your heart’s content, have the loveliest inspiring conversations, learn and grow (food) together with some of the nicest people around. It’s also the place you always leave feeling happier than when you arrived, whether frozen to the bones, soaked through, slightly sunburnt or muddy and with little cuts everywhere (the things we do for love, right?). So I hope to see you around on the field. Zoé & I are here for any conversations, questions, ideas or dreams you might have. Come & join us soon!
Nikki van Roekel (Treasurer)
Hi everyone I am Nikki van Roekel (20) and the new treasurer of WSF. Last year I was part of the board as well, only as a secretary. I enjoyed my time on the board so much that I decided to stay on, only now as a treasurer to give me something new to focus on. I currently study Animal Sciences, yes I know it is not the most popular study among the farm members, but besides animals I really enjoy being outside and joining the lovely community we have built. I joined the farm almost 1,5 years ago because I wanted to meet new people and that definitely worked out for me. It's just very relaxing to just play around in the dirt every once in a while to let your brain rest while in the meantime meeting super nice people! Then because I enjoyed the farm so much I joined the board because I wanted to be a bit more involved in the actual management of the farm, just getting a peek behind the curtains, and I have been enjoying it a lot so far! Feel free to contact me, I am almost always open for questions or just fun conversations 😊
Adele Galiegue (Commissioner of Communication)
🌸Hello lovely people 🌸✨! I am Adèle (18) and the new commissioner of communication for the coming year ! I’m studying the BSc Environmental Sciences and joined WSF only recently after months of hearing Ellen, my roommate and field commissioner, telling me how peaceful and resting the farm is. She was right, I met wonderful, mindful, open-minded people. When you are in the field, it’s as if you're untouched by time, the clock stops and you are just enjoying the sun and the fresh air. 🌞🌱During this board year, I would love to spread Wageningen the delight of being in the field. I’ll be the one asking if I can take pictures of you and posting a social media with plenty of ✨🌸🌻🍄. Looking forward to meet you all and grow together 💚