Three years ago, Madison Rios traveled to Virginia on a whim to work and stay on an organic, small-scale farm and fell in love with farming. While studying at Penn State University, she became increasingly more involved with agriculture. She interned with the Student Farm at Penn State for a year and was a manager for a volunteer organization, Crop Mobs, which traveled to farms to help accomplish big tasks. After graduating college with a degree in Community, Environment, and Development with a concentration in Food Systems, she interned with Penn State Extension in Philadelphia to help a non-profit organization reach its goals of creating urban gardens to feed their community.
In August 2019, Madison became a full-time farmer at Red Hill Farm. She considers herself fortunate to have a job that she is so passionate about. “Sustainability and community are two of my most important values. At Red Hill Farm, I am able to live and work according to my truth and that’s so fulfilling for me.” She says that each day on the farm is another chance to reconnect with nature and to be grounded in the present moment. She enjoys taking care of the plants, the soil, and, in a sense, the CSA members. In addition to helping keep the farm healthy and happy, Madison focuses on planning events, writing the farm newsletter, advertising, and keeping up with the farm’s social media presence.