After leaving the AFE program, students pursue a variety of careers with social change at the core of their work. AFE graduates are found at think tanks, advocacy organizations, local, state, and federal governments, community-based NGOs, schools, and occasionally, on the farm.
Today, more than 70 AFE alumni are active in the workforce, meeting the growing demand for professionals with an integrated understanding of agricultural, food and environmental interactions.
Examples of positions held by alumni include:
- Ph.D. graduate at Unity College in Maine teaching undergraduates in the Department of Environmental Studies
- Senior Research Coordinator "Shape Up Somerville: Eat Smart, Play Hard," Tufts University
- Policy analyst working on food biotechnology, Resources for the Future
- Policy analyst working on "factory farming," Worldwatch Institute
- Several graduates at Equal Exchange and Red Tomato, working on the sourcing and marketing of sustainable, fair trade and local foods
- Advisor on health claim labeling, Mars Corporation.
- Bureau Director, Massachusetts Department of Agricultural Resources overseeing Water Quality and Pesticides program
- Consultant, Massachusetts Department of Public Health
- Manager at The Food Project, using urban gardening to promote youth development
- Associate, Food and Agriculture Group, Business for Social Responsibility
- Consultant on water issues, The World Bank
- Rwanda country staff, Food for the Hungry International
Additionally, AFE graduates love farming...
- Board member, Waltham Community Farm
- Owner, heirloom organic flower farm