Meet Verena Eichenberger

Verena in Ann Arbor
Verena in Ann Arbor

Verena is Three Roods Farm’s latest intern, hailing all the way from Switzerland. She recently graduated from High School. She wanted to come to the United States for the summer to improve her English. Ken, Robin’s brother (and father of Timmy who is a friend of Verena’s brother Raphael), suggested Verena come to Three Roods Farm, and since July 14th this is where she has been.

Verena picking black currants
Verena picking black currants

At home in Thun, Switzerland Verena enjoys playing the flute, spending time with her family and friends, eating chocolate, and doing everything outdoors e.g. biking, skiing, and hiking around Switzerland’s beautiful mountains. Her favorite books and movies are non-fiction true stories.

Being on 3RF isn’t the first time Verena has gotten her hands dirty. She has often helped her parents with a large garden they have at home.

At Three Roods Farm Verena passes her days weeding in the garden, harvesting vegetables, planting trees in the orchard, helping Robin prepare meals, and helping Greg with whatever he thinks up for the day. In her free time here she enjoys playing the piano, reading the book Twilight, which she was inspired to read after seeing the movie, and going on adventures with me to explore Michigan.

Michigan's eastern shoreline
Michigan's eastern shoreline

So far we’ve seen the coastline of the thumb, stopping at a beach in Caseville and hiking through Port Crescent State Park, biked throughout Genesee County to see local parks along the Holloway Reservoir, and seen a bit of big city life during a day in Ann Arbor. One thing that never ceases to amaze her is the number and size of our trucks.

Verena helps put up the tipi
Verena helps put up the tipi

Verena did not come to the US alone; her friend Ramona joined her, but Ramona is wwoofing at the Strawbale Studio in Oxford learning about natural building. When they meet up, they excitedly begin to speak of all that they’ve done in Swiss-German, their native tongue. Before returning to Switzerland, Verena and Ramona will travel to Toronto to see more of the Great Lakes Region. When Verena returns home she will begin studying Environmental Science and Natural Resource Management at Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich.

Story and photos by David Rittenhouse.

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