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Better Know a Farm Manager: Gideon Mausner PC ’11

February 25, 2010

In part two of our series, we’ll hear from farmer/activist/revolutionary Gideon Mausner. He’s always down for an adventure — Gideon was never so disappointed as when he had to be helicoptered out of Mexico during a semester abroad because of swine flu cases, and he is leading this year’s Reach Out trip to the Dominican Republic. He loves working the land, as well, working as an intern in the greenhouses of at legendary educational farm Stone Barns. Here’s a little more information on Gideon (he likes having fun in freezing temperatures!)

Gideon Mausner, Pierson 2011, Anthropology

What made you want to be a farm manager?
I wanted to get some experience managing a garden, and make sure to have to time to do farm work during the year.

What’s your favorite vegetable?
Padron Peppers and Brussel Sprouts. I can’t decide.

What’s your favorite dish to cook?
Ooo so many. I really enjoy making roasted root vegetable medleys, quinoa salads, and roasted beet risotto (although that is quite a job).

What fruit or veggie best typifies you?
Red meat radish. Weird, but it totally does.

Describe a fun/hard/exceptional story from working at the Farm.
Farmer’s market in November: pouring rain, tent broken, temperatures below or around 30. BONE CHILL. Numb hands for hours. Took a day to warm hands back up. SO MUCH FUN!

What’s your favorite food cause? Why?
Food Sovereignty.  I believe people should have control over their sustenance and therefore over their destiny.

Tell us about other work you’ve done in the world of food and farming.
I’ve interned at Stone Barns Center for Food and Agriculture’s Vegetable gardens.

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