For many college students, summer is synonymous with laid-back fun and relaxation, but Emma Patterson isn’t like many college students.
“Emma is a delightful individual and a great example of the next generation of community leaders,” said Agro-Culture Liquid Fertilizers sales account manager Jim Mills.
Mills and AgroLiquid specialty crop research manager Brian Levene first learned of Patterson’s plan to spend the summer traversing the country on her bicycle during an award ceremony at the Brock Center for Agricultural Communications at Cal Poly State University.
Patterson was the winner of a $500 award offered by AgroLiquid for a design contest at the college. She’ll stop along her journey to help build homes with Habitat for Humanity, an international nonprofit organization that provides affordable housing for the poor, and had to raise $4,500 to participate in the project. Patterson says the award money she earned through the contest will go toward her goal.