Eastern Shore Food Lab

Melissa DeFrancesco ’22

Intern, Eastern Shore Food Lab

Education

  • BA, Washington College, 2022

Melissa is a New Jersey native and freshman at Washington College. Her love of the environment began early in her life.

At a young age she could be found exploring her backyard, digging in the dirt and climbing trees at the park, and pressing wildflowers under stacks of Harry Potter books (when she wasn’t reading them). As a teenager she became a Venture Scout, which deepened her appreciation for and understanding of relations between humans and nature through many camping trips and outdoor excursions. This led to her desire to pursue an Environmental Studies major and Secondary Education Studies minor.

The culinary portion of her story also begins years ago. Melissa was lucky enough to come from a long line of culinarily talented and adventurous individuals. She learned most of her kitchen skills from observing her mother, who always made it a priority to provide healthy, homemade food. Fast forward to freshman year of college, to a class called Food, People, and the Planet. Throughout the course of the semester, Melissa learned a great deal not only about food, but about connections between humans, nature, and the things we eat.

Melissa hopes to combine her interests and become an advocate for healthy, sustainable living and educator of future generations, especially outside of the traditional classroom setting. She is grateful for every opportunity and would love to translate her environmental passions and internship at the Eastern Shore Food Lab into a lifelong career dedicated to bettering the planet and the lives of those who live on it.