November 19, 2013

Eyes Set on Kenya, Cornell Student Hopes to Bolster Country’s Dairy Production

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Some students’ summer internships take them to banks or doctors’ offices, but Kirstin Torgerson’s ’15 summer internship will bring her to Kenya this summer to build a dairy farm at an all-girls school.

By helping the girls at the Jane Adeny Memorial School, a secondary school in Kenya, develop safe and profitable business practices, Torgerson hopes that she will be able to give the girls a valuable skill set and slowly help improve the quality of the milk and dairy in Kenya.

Torgerson grew up on a small-scale beef, sheep, llama and chicken “hobby farm” in Holmen, Wis., and has had exposure to farming all of her life.

Kirstin Torgerson ’15 spent Summer 2012 in Kenya planning the logistics of building a dairy at an all-girls school. (Picture courtesy of Kirstin Torgerson ’15)