When Morgan May, senior in horticulture, began her freshman year at Auburn University, she had no idea she would be led to major in horticulture to learn about fruit and vegetable production.
May has always had a love for cooking and a desire to feed people. However, it wasn't until the Spring of 2010, when she took off a semester of school during her sophomore year to complete a school of discipleship called Legacy, that she felt the Lord leading her to horticulture.
"I never thought the way God would allow me to use my passion would be through food and vegetable production or gardening or anything like that," May said.
Not only did May gain knowledge about crops and produce through her fruit and nut production class, but she gained a fiance, Taylor Myers, as well. The couple will wed on May 19 where fruit and nuts will surely be available for guests to snack on.
As far as the future is concerned, the couple would be satisfied leading something like Randall Farms, which grows quality meats and produce for their farm store, local restaurants and their Community Supported Agriculture program (CSA). The concept of CSA is that people in the community will pay in advance for fresh produce to be delivered to them. This allows the community to know where their food is coming from, and they can get to know the people growing it.
"We would love to do something like that and be those local farmers that provide for the community," May said.
Being in the college of agriculture has given May the opportunity to be outside and put what she has learned into practice. As someone who doesn't like to sit behind a desk all day, she is thankful her professors allow the students to have a hands-on learning experience.
"I love that we get to go on a lot of field trips, and it's not just lecture after lecture," May said. "We actually get to learn through experience."
During her time in the program, May has realized the planning and commitment that has to be put into growing and establishing orchards. A lot of dedication and patience is required, which May gives credit to Auburn for teaching her that.
"If there's anywhere to be in the college of agriculture, it's Auburn University," May said.