Where Are they now?
We've had apprentices since 1995. After a year (or two! or three! or four! or five!) of getting to know them, they leave the farm and head on to their next adventure.
Our past apprentices go on to do all kinds of stuff. They are farm managers, scientists, educators, nurses, entrepreneurs, chefs, extension agents, parents, graduate students, explorers and more!
They do so much stuff that we can promise this page will never be totally up to date. But we like to try to keep in touch with them. This is like a virtual refrigerator door where we keep all their pictures. *For apprentices who stayed multiple years, we've listed them under their final year at the farm.
Apprentices: want to edit your bios? E-mail us the updates!
Leila Tunnell, Apprentice 2014 - 2015
Leila is busy working in many facets of farm education and farm-to-table cooking. Lucky for us, she's still running after school programs, summer programs and other educational workshops at the farm!
Leila also plays ultimate frisbee on the USA Women's National Team and we're so excited to cheer for her this summer at the World Championship!
Will Calkins, Apprentice 2015
Will went home to his native Wisconsin after his apprenticeship. We recently got an e-mail confirming that dogs can "catch" yawns just like people can. We miss him and can't wait for more updates!
Claudia Kelley, Apprentice 2015
Claudia married her sweetheart Pat right after the growing season. They are hiking across Arizona and then up the Pacific Crest Trail for their honeymoon! After that, they plan to return to the Northeast and find land to start a farm.
Will van Heuvelen, Apprentice 2013-2014
Will owns and operates Wheelhouse Farm Truck, our local Amherst-area farm-to-street food truck. Former apprentice Jake Mazar is his business partner! They also raise pastured chickens. In his "other other" time, Will works as a paralegal defending tenants rights in Springfield.
Jake Mazar, Apprentice 2013 - 2014
Jake has started two businesses in recent years, and keeps busy running both of them! Along with Wheelhouse, Jake co-owns Artifact Cider Project, which produces locally made hard apple cider in Springfield.
Assistant Manager 2012, apprentice 2010-11
Pete owns and operates Book and Plow Farm at Amherst College with another former Brookfield apprentice, Tobin Porter-Brown. He's moved most of his popular Birds and Breakfast programs over there, but he still does one at Brookfield from time to time!
Jasper Gardner, Apprentice 2012
Originally from Georgia, Jasper has farmed many places in the Pioneer Valley. Jasper lives in Cummington!
Aaron Shier, Apprentice 2012
Aaron is a graduate student in the Agriculture, Food and the Environment program at Tufts University. He picks up his Brookfield Farm CSA share in Cambridge! (What you can't see: Aaron's chin - remember to find a better photo!)
Assistant Manager 2010-2011, Apprentice 2007-2010.
Kerry runs Provider Farm in a CSA Farm in New Salem, CT. She and her husband and co-farmer Max recently welcomed their first child - Shepard!
Tobin Porter-Brown, Apprentice 2010-2011
Tobin owns and manages Book and Plow Farm at Amherst College with former Brookfield apprentice Pete McLean. Most of the time he looks much more professional these days.
Erin Roche, Apprentice 2011
"Chewy" works for extension at the University of Maine in Orono. We got to see her in December at the New England Fruit and Vegetable Growers Conference!
Lisa McKeag, Asst Man. 2010, Appren. 2008 - 2009
Lisa works in extension at UMASS Amherst! She helps write the Veggetable Notes newsletter and specializes in food safety.
We have many many more past apprentices and 5 more past assistant managers! We will keep working on the backlog so that eventually we have photos of everyone. For now, here's the update from the ones we've heard from in the past year.
Adan Martinez Apprentice 2007, Asst. Man 2008-09 (Yale Enviro Grad School)
Danya Teitelbaum Apprentice 2008 (Queens Greens Farm, Hadley MA)
Andy Szymanowicz Apprentice 2007 (selling Sol Food Farm, Ancramdale, NY and beginning a new farm in Spain),
Chris Babis Apprentice 2004-05, Asst. Man 2006-07. (graduated UNMex Water Resource Management after many years running a farm in upstate NY)
Amy Smith Apprentice 2006 (Heart Beet organic, Prince Edward Island) - completed her 7th successful season.
Amy Cloud Apprentice 2001 and 2006 (Three Rivers Farm. Elsah IL) – building a new barn and completed her 9th successful season.
Marc Cesario Apprentice 2002, Livestock Manager 2007 (Meeting Place Pastures, Cornwall, VT) - raises pastured meat and has a two year old!
Jeff Tober Apprentice 2003, Assistant Manager 2005-2006 (Fernbrook Farm, Bordentown, NJ) - finished his 9th successful season.
Casey Steinberg Apprentice 2002 - 2003, Assistant Manager 2004 (Old Friends Farm, Amherst MA) – bought a house, engaged!
Paul Bucciaglia Apprentice 1999 (Fort Hill Farm, New Milford CT) - completed his 13th successful season.
Su Wasseluk Apprentice 2000-2001, The FIRST Assistant Manager 2002 - 2003. (Nurse Practitioner, Cape Cod) – walked Appalachian trail this year!
Jenny Hausman Apprentice 2000 (Piccadilly Farm, Winchester NH)
Kate Rossiter (Northfield, MA)
Don Zasada Apprentice 1996-1997 (Caretaker Farm, Williamstown, MA)