Meet our 2018 Apprentices!

  Jonathan DeLao  Vegetable Farming Apprentice   Hometown:   Great Falls, VA   Where were you before Frinklepod?  Philadelphia, PA, working in the produce department of Mom's Organic Market, a small-scale grocery store chain based in the Mid-Atlantic region.   Why are you doing this apprenticeship?   An apprenticeship on an organic farm seemed like the next logical step for me.  After arriving and meeting the family, I couldn't be happier with my decision.    Favorite Plant?  Cauliflower   What has inspired you lately?   Marylin Wentworth.  An herb drying, kombucha making, juice storing, berry freezing, total badass of a woman.  She and her husband Stacey are a wealth of knowledge for anyone interested in homesteading and living simply.  They're both a daily inspiration.    

Jonathan DeLao
Vegetable Farming Apprentice

Hometown:  Great Falls, VA

Where were you before Frinklepod? Philadelphia, PA, working in the produce department of Mom's Organic Market, a small-scale grocery store chain based in the Mid-Atlantic region.

Why are you doing this apprenticeship?  An apprenticeship on an organic farm seemed like the next logical step for me.  After arriving and meeting the family, I couldn't be happier with my decision. 

Favorite Plant? Cauliflower

What has inspired you lately?  Marylin Wentworth.  An herb drying, kombucha making, juice storing, berry freezing, total badass of a woman.  She and her husband Stacey are a wealth of knowledge for anyone interested in homesteading and living simply.  They're both a daily inspiration. 

 

  Rhiannon Smith  Marketing/Farming Apprentice   Hometown:   Silver Spring, MD   Where were you before Frinklepod?   I was living in and reconnecting with my hometown while working as a barista.   Why are you doing this apprenticeship?   I was drawn to Frinklepod for many reasons, but their presence as a community hub of health, sustainable living, and plant-based nutrition was probably the one that resonated most.  I hope to nurture communities around me through caring about food & the earth, and Frinklepod seemed like the perfect place to strengthen this part of myself.     Favorite Plant?   I've been loving Rosa Rugosa as of late.    What has inspired you lately?   Snail trails in the sand near the sea.

Rhiannon Smith
Marketing/Farming Apprentice

Hometown:  Silver Spring, MD

Where were you before Frinklepod?  I was living in and reconnecting with my hometown while working as a barista.

Why are you doing this apprenticeship?  I was drawn to Frinklepod for many reasons, but their presence as a community hub of health, sustainable living, and plant-based nutrition was probably the one that resonated most.  I hope to nurture communities around me through caring about food & the earth, and Frinklepod seemed like the perfect place to strengthen this part of myself.  

Favorite Plant?  I've been loving Rosa Rugosa as of late. 

What has inspired you lately?  Snail trails in the sand near the sea.

  Clara Burke  Vegetable Farming Apprentice   Hometown:   Atlanta, GA   Where were you before Frinklepod?   Studying English/Environmental Science and playing frisbee at Emory University.   Why are you doing this apprenticeship?   I like vegetables, the sun, physical labor, and getting paid in food.  This apprenticeship is the dream.   Favorite plant?  Sugar snap peas   What has inspired you lately?  The Atlantic Ocean.  Or maybe the way our strawberries taste right after they're picked.

Clara Burke
Vegetable Farming Apprentice

Hometown:  Atlanta, GA

Where were you before Frinklepod?  Studying English/Environmental Science and playing frisbee at Emory University.

Why are you doing this apprenticeship?  I like vegetables, the sun, physical labor, and getting paid in food.  This apprenticeship is the dream.

Favorite plant? Sugar snap peas

What has inspired you lately? The Atlantic Ocean.  Or maybe the way our strawberries taste right after they're picked.

  Sanna Sepulveda  Flower Apprentice   Hometown:   Seattle, WA   Where were you before Frinklepod?   Farming and completing a herbalism internship at Herb Pharm in Oregon.   Why are you doing this apprenticeship?   To learn how to better care for the earth.   Favorite plant?   My most recent love affair was with chamomile.   What has inspired you lately?   A mural of California Poppies.

Sanna Sepulveda
Flower Apprentice

Hometown:  Seattle, WA

Where were you before Frinklepod?  Farming and completing a herbalism internship at Herb Pharm in Oregon.

Why are you doing this apprenticeship?  To learn how to better care for the earth.

Favorite plant?  My most recent love affair was with chamomile.

What has inspired you lately?  A mural of California Poppies.

 

Meet our 2017 apprentices!

Hayley Hansson

Hometown:  Houston, Texas

Graduate of: Olin College of Engineering

Why farm? My reasons change every day, but spending time doing something so close to nature just makes sense to me.

Favorite food/plant: Parsley

What has inspired you lately? The book Speaker for the Dead by Orson Scott Card.

What do you do when you're not at Frinklepod? I love to hike!

MaryJo Scott

Hometown: La Canada Flintridge, California

Graduate of: Kenyon College, University of Vermont Farmer Training Program

Why farm? Farming combines everything I'm passionate about - community, the environment, health, and good food - and at the same time allows me to work outside with my hands, which is important to me.

Favorite food/plant: Fall carrots

What has inspired you lately? Working with other strong, hardworking women.

What do you do when you're not at Frinklepod? Cook, hike, and run.

Noah Hudson

Hometown: Ocean Park, Maine

Graduate of:  Coast Guard Academy

Why farm? I want to live closer to the earth and I love the idea of growing my own food.

Favorite food/plant: Pineapple

What has inspired you lately? The book All the King's Men.

What do you do when you're not at Frinklepod?  Walk in the woods with my dog, Emma.

Whether you are interested in learning how to grow your own food, have dreams of running your own farm someday, or just believe that localized, organic, small-scale agriculture is the answer to many of the world’s problems… we’d love to have you get your hands dirty with us at Frinklepod!

  • Apprentice with us.  Each year we hire 3-4 apprentices who work and live with us from April through November.   The hiring process usually begins in January; stay tuned for 2018!

  • Sign up for a Work-Share CSA share.  You work a regular (weekly or biweekly) shift with us in exchange for veggies.   More info/sign up here.
  • Volunteer with our Harvest for Hunger plot.  This plot of the farm is volunteer-driven; all of the produce grown in it is harvested and donated to local food  pantries and soup kitchens.  Volunteers are always welcomed for a variety of tasks, from planting and weeding, to harvesting and washing, to driving produce to its destination.
  • School groups have enjoyed coming for a tour of the farm and then spending some time in the dirt.  We usually have students help us in the Harvest for Hunger plot where they experience not just working with their hands but also the feeling of helping their community.

If you are interested in any of these opportunities, please contact us for more information.

The Frinklepod Farm Family:

Sascha Maple Wentworth, chicken wrangler, flower arranger, customer service associate.

Odetta Violet Wentworth, tomato eater, farm stand security, quality assurance manager.

Flora Brown, flower farmer-florist, farm stand manager, behind-the-scenes person.

Noah Wentworth, head farmer, builder, doer of all things.

Our 2016 apprentices (above) and our 2015 apprentices below:

 

Abbie Hatch, 25, from Fairfield, Maine, graduated from U. of Maine, Orono in 2012.

What is your favorite task to do on the farm, and favorite thing to harvest? 

Besides tending to the stand, I love microweeding — especially purslane. I love harvesting garlic scapes, because I can wear them while I harvest! 

What’s your favorite CD to listen to in the greenhouse?

Yonder Mountain String Band

Why did you do this apprenticeship? 

I aspire to be able to connect children to wholesome food, so I felt I needed to learn it for myself first.  

Fun facts: I am a vegan, and I eat peanut butter every day for lunch. When I wake up I make pterodactyl noises as I stretch. 

Activities off the farm: Enjoying and dancing to live music, relaxing on Chebeague Island, going on hiking adventures 

Spirit veg: beet 

 

Becca Roe, 22, from Washington, DC, graduated from Middlebury College in 2015 

What is your favorite task to do on the farm, and favorite thing to harvest? 

I get a weird satisfaction from squishing bugs (especially japanese beetles) and feeding them to the chickens. 

I love harvesting onions and scallions, and root veggies of all kinds. 

What’s your favorite CD to listen to in the greenhouse?

It’s a toss-up between Dolly Parton’s The Grass is Blue and Grateful Dead’s Reckoning

Why did you do this apprenticeship?

Ultimately I want to work with food in some capacity — perhaps through urban agricultural initiatives or farm-to-school programs — so I think understanding how organic food is grown is an important step. 

Fun facts: I get very squeaky hiccups nearly every day, and I’m a burgeoning craft beer snob. I’m also cultivating a newfound appreciation for very twangy bluegrass.  

Spirit veg: radish 

Awesome photography by Michael Wilson/MW Photographic.