International Friendship Day

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Julie Sullivan
July 27, 2022

As July draws to a close and summer nears its end, International Friendship Day is officially here! To celebrate this lovely holiday, members and alumni of The Farmlink Project reminisced on the sweet beginnings of some of their closest friendships. 

Farmlink alum Cooper Adams, who joined the organization in its early days of April 2020, on the Farms Team, at a time when the organization was only 20 college students, had barely begun operations. Adams  shared with us the story of his first encounter with his best friend and our co-CEO, Ben Collier. 

That first summer, a few core Farmlinkers decided to uproot themselves from isolation and move to Idaho to run the organization. Some came from Los Angeles, others from Boston and Washington, DC. Most were strangers. But, as the summer passed and the Farmlink Project quickly found itself a successful national organization, these 10 like-minded college students with the same purpose and vision found themselves as close as a family.

Before arriving, Ben had first been quarantining in Wyoming, an easy five hours away from the team’s home in Idaho. Cooper drove down to pick him up, and, when he arrived, he found him holed up in a small and dimly-lit apartment, having just had a major surgery and barely being able to walk – he had been sustaining himself on cereal for the past two weeks, too. As they got into the car and began the five-hour drive back, however, Cooper quickly realized that he and this stranger were going to be life-long friends. “It was the most immediate click between us,” he said. 

This car ride was the first of many road trips together – they later drove across the country from DC to LA, and Cooper even spent Thanksgiving with Ben’s family. “Beyond my family, Ben is genuinely the closest person to me in my life,” he said, calling him his “adopted brother.” They talk every day on the phone and still remain inseparable, and he owes it all to the tight-knit and congenial community that the Farmlink Project has been able to cultivate.

Cooper and Ben’s fateful first car ride

"Cooper was at my family’s house for thanksgiving in 2020 when we were both on the east coast and I was at his family’s house in 2021 for thanksgiving when we were both on the west coast :)" -Ben
“Yes, it’s a workplace,” Cooper says, “and yes, it’s an organization that is doing super super important work externally, but I would argue that one of the greatest gifts that Farmlink gives is this community of like-minded people who are really trying to make the world a better place.” 

Our Deals Team leads, Mia Foster and Sophia Harvey, reminisced upon their first in-person meeting with then-Deals-Team-lead Caroline Spertus. In December of 2021, after running the team entirely over Zoom for 4 months, the three finally met up for a coffee date at Verve Coffee Roasters in Manhattan Beach, California. They spent the morning “breaking down the Zoom walls” by sharing college stories and Farmlink memories. As proof of their already-close bond, Sophia gifted each of them with a friendship bracelet. “I was instantly drawn to their passion and work ethic,” Sophia said. “I couldn’t have been more grateful to finally meet in person and share some laughs while getting to know each other outside of work conversations.” Mia agrees. “This community is truly so special,” she said. “I couldn’t be more grateful to be a part of it each and every day.” 

Sophia and Mia’s Coffee Date
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International Friendship Day

July 27, 2022

As July draws to a close and summer nears its end, International Friendship Day is officially here! To celebrate this lovely holiday, members and alumni of The Farmlink Project reminisced on the sweet beginnings of some of their closest friendships. 

Farmlink alum Cooper Adams, who joined the organization in its early days of April 2020, on the Farms Team, at a time when the organization was only 20 college students, had barely begun operations. Adams  shared with us the story of his first encounter with his best friend and our co-CEO, Ben Collier. 

That first summer, a few core Farmlinkers decided to uproot themselves from isolation and move to Idaho to run the organization. Some came from Los Angeles, others from Boston and Washington, DC. Most were strangers. But, as the summer passed and the Farmlink Project quickly found itself a successful national organization, these 10 like-minded college students with the same purpose and vision found themselves as close as a family.

Before arriving, Ben had first been quarantining in Wyoming, an easy five hours away from the team’s home in Idaho. Cooper drove down to pick him up, and, when he arrived, he found him holed up in a small and dimly-lit apartment, having just had a major surgery and barely being able to walk – he had been sustaining himself on cereal for the past two weeks, too. As they got into the car and began the five-hour drive back, however, Cooper quickly realized that he and this stranger were going to be life-long friends. “It was the most immediate click between us,” he said. 

This car ride was the first of many road trips together – they later drove across the country from DC to LA, and Cooper even spent Thanksgiving with Ben’s family. “Beyond my family, Ben is genuinely the closest person to me in my life,” he said, calling him his “adopted brother.” They talk every day on the phone and still remain inseparable, and he owes it all to the tight-knit and congenial community that the Farmlink Project has been able to cultivate.

Cooper and Ben’s fateful first car ride

"Cooper was at my family’s house for thanksgiving in 2020 when we were both on the east coast and I was at his family’s house in 2021 for thanksgiving when we were both on the west coast :)" -Ben
“Yes, it’s a workplace,” Cooper says, “and yes, it’s an organization that is doing super super important work externally, but I would argue that one of the greatest gifts that Farmlink gives is this community of like-minded people who are really trying to make the world a better place.” 

Our Deals Team leads, Mia Foster and Sophia Harvey, reminisced upon their first in-person meeting with then-Deals-Team-lead Caroline Spertus. In December of 2021, after running the team entirely over Zoom for 4 months, the three finally met up for a coffee date at Verve Coffee Roasters in Manhattan Beach, California. They spent the morning “breaking down the Zoom walls” by sharing college stories and Farmlink memories. As proof of their already-close bond, Sophia gifted each of them with a friendship bracelet. “I was instantly drawn to their passion and work ethic,” Sophia said. “I couldn’t have been more grateful to finally meet in person and share some laughs while getting to know each other outside of work conversations.” Mia agrees. “This community is truly so special,” she said. “I couldn’t be more grateful to be a part of it each and every day.” 

Sophia and Mia’s Coffee Date
Faces of Farmlink

International Friendship Day

July 27, 2022

As July draws to a close and summer nears its end, International Friendship Day is officially here! To celebrate this lovely holiday, members and alumni of The Farmlink Project reminisced on the sweet beginnings of some of their closest friendships. 

Farmlink alum Cooper Adams, who joined the organization in its early days of April 2020, on the Farms Team, at a time when the organization was only 20 college students, had barely begun operations. Adams  shared with us the story of his first encounter with his best friend and our co-CEO, Ben Collier. 

That first summer, a few core Farmlinkers decided to uproot themselves from isolation and move to Idaho to run the organization. Some came from Los Angeles, others from Boston and Washington, DC. Most were strangers. But, as the summer passed and the Farmlink Project quickly found itself a successful national organization, these 10 like-minded college students with the same purpose and vision found themselves as close as a family.

Before arriving, Ben had first been quarantining in Wyoming, an easy five hours away from the team’s home in Idaho. Cooper drove down to pick him up, and, when he arrived, he found him holed up in a small and dimly-lit apartment, having just had a major surgery and barely being able to walk – he had been sustaining himself on cereal for the past two weeks, too. As they got into the car and began the five-hour drive back, however, Cooper quickly realized that he and this stranger were going to be life-long friends. “It was the most immediate click between us,” he said. 

This car ride was the first of many road trips together – they later drove across the country from DC to LA, and Cooper even spent Thanksgiving with Ben’s family. “Beyond my family, Ben is genuinely the closest person to me in my life,” he said, calling him his “adopted brother.” They talk every day on the phone and still remain inseparable, and he owes it all to the tight-knit and congenial community that the Farmlink Project has been able to cultivate.

Cooper and Ben’s fateful first car ride

"Cooper was at my family’s house for thanksgiving in 2020 when we were both on the east coast and I was at his family’s house in 2021 for thanksgiving when we were both on the west coast :)" -Ben
“Yes, it’s a workplace,” Cooper says, “and yes, it’s an organization that is doing super super important work externally, but I would argue that one of the greatest gifts that Farmlink gives is this community of like-minded people who are really trying to make the world a better place.” 

Our Deals Team leads, Mia Foster and Sophia Harvey, reminisced upon their first in-person meeting with then-Deals-Team-lead Caroline Spertus. In December of 2021, after running the team entirely over Zoom for 4 months, the three finally met up for a coffee date at Verve Coffee Roasters in Manhattan Beach, California. They spent the morning “breaking down the Zoom walls” by sharing college stories and Farmlink memories. As proof of their already-close bond, Sophia gifted each of them with a friendship bracelet. “I was instantly drawn to their passion and work ethic,” Sophia said. “I couldn’t have been more grateful to finally meet in person and share some laughs while getting to know each other outside of work conversations.” Mia agrees. “This community is truly so special,” she said. “I couldn’t be more grateful to be a part of it each and every day.” 

Sophia and Mia’s Coffee Date
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International Friendship Day

July 27, 2022

As July draws to a close and summer nears its end, International Friendship Day is officially here! To celebrate this lovely holiday, members and alumni of The Farmlink Project reminisced on the sweet beginnings of some of their closest friendships. 

Farmlink alum Cooper Adams, who joined the organization in its early days of April 2020, on the Farms Team, at a time when the organization was only 20 college students, had barely begun operations. Adams  shared with us the story of his first encounter with his best friend and our co-CEO, Ben Collier. 

That first summer, a few core Farmlinkers decided to uproot themselves from isolation and move to Idaho to run the organization. Some came from Los Angeles, others from Boston and Washington, DC. Most were strangers. But, as the summer passed and the Farmlink Project quickly found itself a successful national organization, these 10 like-minded college students with the same purpose and vision found themselves as close as a family.

Before arriving, Ben had first been quarantining in Wyoming, an easy five hours away from the team’s home in Idaho. Cooper drove down to pick him up, and, when he arrived, he found him holed up in a small and dimly-lit apartment, having just had a major surgery and barely being able to walk – he had been sustaining himself on cereal for the past two weeks, too. As they got into the car and began the five-hour drive back, however, Cooper quickly realized that he and this stranger were going to be life-long friends. “It was the most immediate click between us,” he said. 

This car ride was the first of many road trips together – they later drove across the country from DC to LA, and Cooper even spent Thanksgiving with Ben’s family. “Beyond my family, Ben is genuinely the closest person to me in my life,” he said, calling him his “adopted brother.” They talk every day on the phone and still remain inseparable, and he owes it all to the tight-knit and congenial community that the Farmlink Project has been able to cultivate.

Cooper and Ben’s fateful first car ride

"Cooper was at my family’s house for thanksgiving in 2020 when we were both on the east coast and I was at his family’s house in 2021 for thanksgiving when we were both on the west coast :)" -Ben
“Yes, it’s a workplace,” Cooper says, “and yes, it’s an organization that is doing super super important work externally, but I would argue that one of the greatest gifts that Farmlink gives is this community of like-minded people who are really trying to make the world a better place.” 

Our Deals Team leads, Mia Foster and Sophia Harvey, reminisced upon their first in-person meeting with then-Deals-Team-lead Caroline Spertus. In December of 2021, after running the team entirely over Zoom for 4 months, the three finally met up for a coffee date at Verve Coffee Roasters in Manhattan Beach, California. They spent the morning “breaking down the Zoom walls” by sharing college stories and Farmlink memories. As proof of their already-close bond, Sophia gifted each of them with a friendship bracelet. “I was instantly drawn to their passion and work ethic,” Sophia said. “I couldn’t have been more grateful to finally meet in person and share some laughs while getting to know each other outside of work conversations.” Mia agrees. “This community is truly so special,” she said. “I couldn’t be more grateful to be a part of it each and every day.” 

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