Megan Sweeney joined Practical Farmers of Iowa in September 2020 as a member of Green Iowa AmeriCorps. She graduated from Ohio University in the spring of 2020 with a degree in environmental biology with departmental honors, with certificates in environmental studies and geographic information science. Her duties with PFI include working with the communications team and the Cooperators’ Program, along with assisting the membership team.
Native to Ohio, her love of the environment and agriculture stems from her childhood spent camping in Indiana during the summers, and her family’s history of farming in northwestern Ohio. These interests led Megan to volunteer weekly for the Brukner Nature Center’s wildlife rehabilitation program throughout high school. She was also able to work in a biological research laboratory at Ohio University where she completed her thesis studying the impacts of the insecticide, imidacloprid, on the wood frog tadpole.
In her free time, Megan enjoys being outdoors doing activities such as camping, hiking and kayaking. She also loves spending time with friends and is an avid reader of fiction and non-fiction. She is excited to increase her knowledge of agriculture through her time at PFI and hopes to have a hobby farm in the future.