Alumni Profiles


Jered Lawson and Nancy Vail (seated at right) started Pie Ranch, an education farm on the San Mateo County coast.

Apprenticeship Program graduates have gone on to start new farms, develop urban gardening programs, teach organic gardening and farming skills, create their own apprenticeship-style programs, and much more.

Enjoy these brief profiles of some of the Apprenticeship’s alumni. You can read more about alumni’s work on the Alumni Project and Farm Map page.

 

Herb Machleder

After a career as a cardiovascular surgeon, Herb Machleder decided to try his hand at gardening. He became certified as a Master Gardener in Los Angeles and wanted to be a part of the school gardens movement growing in the L.A. area, but felt like he needed more knowledge and experience before he could be a good resource. Read more ...

Emily Cronk

Emily’s older brother was an apprentice at CASFS in 2006, and after managing a 400-acre organic vegetable farm near Seattle, she followed in his footsteps to apprentice in 2012. Emily is now a Production Coordinator at Coke Farm in San Juan Bautista. Read more ...

Lily Foster

Lily Foster is the director of Sembradores Urbanos (Urban Planters) in Mexico City, a nonprofit that has created a variety of gardens and education programs in some of Mexico's biggest cities. Read more ...

Aaron Blyth

After graduating from the Apprenticeship in 2003, Aaron Blyth became Farm Manager of Big River Farms, a program of the Minnesota Food Association that includes a farmer training program for new immigrant and minority farmers. Read more ...

Karen Washington

Karen Washington, a 2008 Apprenticeship graduate, is an instructor for Farm School NYC, a new urban agriculture education project of Just Food that involves a number of Apprenticeship alumni, and has been instrumental in implementing a number of New York's urban agriculture programs. Read more ...

Jen Smith and Nate Frigard

After finishing the Apprenticeship and working at several other farming projects, Jen Smith and Nate Frigard started Crimson and Clover Farm in Florence, Massachusetts. Read more ...

David Pecusa

David Pecusa, a 2009 Apprenticeship graduate, grew up on the Hopi Reservation in Northern Arizona where his family has been farming for four generations. David is now part of Food Corps, working with young Navajo and Hopi tribe members at local schools to plant, maintain and harvest an edible garden, and teaching science-based gardening. Read more ...

Ana Rasmussen

2010 Apprenticeship graduate Ana Rasmussen is founder of Mesa Verde Gardens in Santa Cruz County. Read more ...

Blair Randall

A 2005 Apprenticeship grad, Blair Randall is the Executive Director of Garden for the Environment in San Francisco. Read more ...

Corie Pierce and Adam Wilson

In 2009 Corie Pierce and Adam Wilson, both members of the 2005 Apprenticeship, purchased the former LeDuc Farm in Shelbourne/South Burlington, Vermont and started Bread and Butter Farm. Read more ...

Nancy Vail and Jered Lawson

Nancy Vail, a 1997 Apprenticeship alumni, and Jered Lawson, a 1994 graduate, are the founders of Pie Ranch near Pescadero, on the San Mateo County coast. Read more ...

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