From left to right: Robin Cowper (Treasurer), Bent Elvers (FIeld Commissioner), Solina Diallo (Secretary), Gerlien Boersma (Chair), Jan Gaertner (Commissioner of Activities) and Aina Tubau Comas (Media and Internal Communication)
Hey there! I’m Gerlien, a lover of thyme, kale, oversized sweaters and baking cookies (+ eating! + sharing!). My heart beats faster when I see beautiful plants and crops growing, have good conversations, dig my fingers into the soil, and share heartfelt laughter. All of this comes together in WSF, which is why I really wanted to contribute a lil’ extra by joining the board. I take on the position of chairwoman, which means I need to keep an overview of what’s happing within and around the organization. And I love it! Meanwhile, I’m studying international development studies, which is quite different, but I like the diversity in my own little life. :) If you have any questions regarding our beautiful association, want to share an idea or have a nice conversation, just say hi!
Bent (Field Commissioner)
Moin! I’m Bent (25), MOA student and Commissioner of the Field.
Nature is magic; therefore, I love being outside, unlocking the mysteries of life. Growing my own food makes me feel being my inner self right here, right now. Becoming more circular and having a low impact on climate collapse and pollution are just some of my aims. Moreover, I enjoy being with friends and not yet friends sharing discussions, fun, activities and gardening. Feel free to contact me whenever you have any questions regarding The Farm or the Field Committee or if you just want to have a chat. Cheers friends let’s get down to earth!
Aina (Media and Internal Communication)
I am a MGI (Geo-information Science) student, a small masters which requires lots of hours in front of a computer. And I love computers, but I also miss the feeling of the sun, the rain and the fresh air in my skin. For this reason I enjoy working in the Field, which I find the perfect way to disconnect from university work and connect with nature and people. At WSF I am in charge of social media and promotion: I take pictures, write posts and communicate about what we're doing and what we've done.
As the Secretary of WSF, I do the administrational work: answering emails, adding new members and writing the weekly newsletter to inform you about what is going on on and around the Field (it’s also the most fun of my tasks because I get to make a lot of bad jokes).
Even though I am doing a social science study (International Development Studies) I full on adapted the Wageningen spirit and find myself more and more interested, inspired and impressed by the beautiful nature around which manifests in me taking many very long procrastination walks through the endless wilderness of the day/winter/night/rain forest (depending on the time and weather).
Jan (Commissioner of Activities)
Hi! I’m Jan and I’m the commissioner of activities at the student farm. I’m in the final year of my bachelor programme in plant science. I’ve been involved with WSF since the early days of the association and my current responsibilities are to facilitate the organization of activities for the members. These include workshops as well as lectures, as long as they relate to the key fields of interest to the community; gardening, agriculture, food and sustainability. I help the projects to find necessary materials, as well. Personally, I want to empower students by helping them build their aspirations while simultaneously building a co-operative and egalitarian community.
I‘m a plant, by which I mean enjoying the sun - having a green and sustainable attitude and drinking. I also study plant sciences at WUR - where I am completing my master’s thesis. At WSF I fulfill the duty of treasurer, where I take care of our finances and project budgets.