August 26, 2020

A Guest Blog from My Summer Intern

I always enjoy working with summer interns. Every year, I try to welcome at least one college student to my Bedford, New York farm. Over several weeks, these interns cover various business tasks, help with special events and then write their own guest post for "The Martha Blog: Up Close and Personal." This season, Maya Mehrara, a rising sophomore at a New York City university, joined us at Cantitoe Corners.

Up until recently, 2020 had been pretty uneventful for me. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, I had been quarantining with my family for months on end. I watched endless amounts of TV, completed schoolwork, read piles of books, and played my guitar. Never in a million years did I suspect I'd end up interning for Martha Stewart - and in a phrase, the experience has been wonderfully surprising. Her property is spectacular, her animals are beautiful and friendly, and Martha herself is so inspiring.

While working at Martha's farm, and keeping safe and socially distant, I learned about Martha’s drive and what she does on a day-to-day basis. Despite the fact that she has been quarantining since March, Martha continues to run her farm and business. In these past few months, she has not only spent time caring for her animals (horses, donkeys, peacocks, canaries, dogs, cats, and more), taking care of her property, and working in her garden, but she also filmed a new television show called "Martha Knows Best" on HGTV. Martha is a hands-on, hardworking businesswoman. She has inspired me to do better and be better and wholeheartedly pursue my passions just like she has. I also found that everyone who works for her is very loyal, kindhearted and bright. I have been fortunate enough to work alongside some of the strong women on Martha’s team - her personal executive assistant, her business manager, her blogger, her housekeepers, her special events director, and her executive manager. These women patiently showed me the ropes and helped me complete several projects. With Women's Studies as a focus in my major, working with this group has been extremely special to me. I witnessed first hand the values of collaboration, flexibility, and drive in real-time and got to practice these skills myself. I completed several business assignments, learned about a working farm, met all of Martha’s animals, walked through her picturesque woodlands, and admired the bright, fragrant flowers in her gardens that I had never even seen before. I am so grateful for this opportunity. Interning with Martha has been an experience I will never forget, and I will carry what I learned with me into my future.

Here are some of my favorite photos I took at the farm.