Meet the Interns
Dream team. Things got bigger and wilder in 2017 and these were the people to do it with.
Resident brain expert, fence-patcher, and rescuer of flowers hiding amongst the weeds, Jackie joins our crew this summer with her dynamic spunk. Eager, willing, and endlessly curious, we're just as likely to find Jackie reciting the names of all the varieties of kale in the garden and transplanting up a storm of seedlings as we are to find her tying rebar and pouring concrete.
Servant-hearted, playful, and welcoming Tara-Lynn joins us this summer with her daughter, Elsie, our newest mini-farmer! Always up for an adventure or some innocent mischief, Tara-Lynn is the first to suggest a post-work dip in the ocean or a rabbit-smuggling operation. With drivenness and a get-'er-done attitude, Tara-Lynn's love of water is matched only by her love of whiteboards and to-do lists.
Poet, bread-maker, and budding charcutier, Christoph brings his love of all things culinary and literary to our farm team this season. Passionate and sincere, with a refreshing side of silliness, when he isn't leading tours of the farm or regaling us with fun facts about everything from bahn mi to idioms, we can usually catch Christoph training chickens to perch on his head.
Kind-hearted Stephanie joins us this year as our very own mini-farmer wrangler. Teacher-to-be, Stephanie combines her love of the outdoors and kids while herding Elsie and Kai through farm chores and all kinds of adventures. Full of skills and surprises, Stephanie impresses us daily, whether it's with her musical giftings, her painting, or her current Guinness World Record for the longest continuous futsal (indoor soccer) game!
These girls. Seriously, the greatest. We could go on forever. We did go on forever.
Lover of all things laughter-inducing, Kayla's infectious giggle and easy-going, fun-loving spirit are matched only by her depth and sincere heart for whichever community she finds herself in. When she's not climbing to the top of a cherry tree in 3 seconds flat, Kayla-the-chicken-whisperer can be found playing tag with all 74 egg-laying Beckies (Kayla wins every time.)
BETHANY DEL BEGIO
Dietician-to-be, Bethany has a passion for all things health and nutrition-related. Don't let the photo fool you. While she is one of the sweetest and most gentle people we have ever met, Beth has mastered the stern and unimpressed parent face and pulls it out every time our escape-artist chickens fly the coop and need a scolding.
Winter 2016 Intern
When Sam got in touch and asked us if we ever did Winter internships, we thought he might be crazy (helloooo rain and mud!) When he told us he was a marketing samurai we realized he was probably alright. Then we met him and oooh wow. He's a little more than alright. His earnest and passionate approach to sustainable agriculture, partnered with a deep and genuine faith and love of community and creation is a dynamite combination that can't be beat. While we have to give him back to Biola pretty soon so he can finish his Marketing degree, we sincerely hope that Sam's time with us isn't up yet.
Oh boy, how we love these two. They will forever hold a special place in our hearts for journeying with us through our first farm internship. Their contagious attitudes and willingness to seize new opportunities set the bar pretty high for future interns. We're okay with that. We can't stop saying nice things about them.
The perfect blend of sweet and spunky, Brandi was our second nursing student-turned farmer. She transplants seedlings faster than you can say mexican sour gherkin, can turn just about anything into a Pinterest-worthy sign, and can identify weeds by taste alone.
Idea-machine and insect aficionado, Jon made up the second half of our internship duo. When he wasn't crafting dad-level puns or evicting slugs, we could usually find Jon dreaming up business plans and pitching partnership opportunities to the bees.