Hello! My name is Isabella Maggard and I am an intern at the Virginia Cooperative Extension in Wise. Currently, I attend the University of Virginia’s College at Wise and am working towards a BS in biology. I love the outdoors and am passionate about keeping our environment healthy. My future goal is to become a conservation biologist and help our wildlife as well as our environment. As Thomas Jefferson once said, “No occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, and no culture comparable to that of the garden.” With this being said, I am very familiar with gardens and the problems that could possibly arise. My grandparents have raised a garden throughout the years and I frequently help them with planting and harvesting. One thing to remember is that gardening is laborious and takes a lot of time and dedication. However, it is also very rewarding when you have the finished product that you raised all on your own. With all of this being said, I am excited to work with the individuals that are in the Grow Wise program and assist them in any way that I can.