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As the vegetables in the fields grow, Land’s Sake’s staff of farmers and educators increase too, bringing with them their passion for completing the rigorous work it takes to fulfill our mission and reach our seasonal goals. Each member of our team has been inspired in some way to heed the call to return to the land, that inspiration is contagious and is truly the engine that continues to drive us towards success. Land’s Sake is a very special place for a multitude of reasons. High on the list is our dedicated staff and the energy that they brings with them, we are immensely grateful to have such an amazing and devoted crew. Please join the Land’s Sake community in welcoming: Laura Eppstein, Nicole Gelb and Brett Maley among the new faces on the farm this season.
Laura Eppstein – Assistant Grower and Farm Stand Manager
Laura grew up nearby in Brookline, MA. After graduating from Wesleyan University in 2009 with a degree in American Studies she moved to Brooklyn, NY to work as a paralegal at a small boutique law firm. During that time she became an active member of the Park Slope Food Coop and realized that working with food was much better then sitting in a cubicle all day. In August, 2010, she quit to live and work at a Community Farm in Manchester, Vermont. In 2011 she worked as a Land’s Sake weeding crew member while also working part time as an organizer for the Northeast Organic Farming Association. In addition to cooking and eating, Laura loves good dance parties and frequenting local cafes.
Nicole Gelb – Green Power Leader
Nicole hails from the Great Pacific Northwest. After completing a self-designed major in Environmental and Experiential Education at Western Washington University she moved to the San Juan Islands, a tiny archipelago off the coast of Washington State, to take youngsters kayaking, sailing, tide-pooling, garden-digging and tromping through the woods. After falling in love with the pace and autonomy of “island-life”, Nicole apprenticed at small organic island farms and spent two years living, working and teaching at the Bullock’s Permaculture Homestead on Orcas Island. Nicole spent this past spring working with the Alice Waters Edible Schoolyard in New Orleans, and is excited to escape the Southern heat for the agreeable summers of the Northeast. In addition to her passion for food and farm-based education, Nicole is excited about bicycles, ukulele, heirloom tomatoes and face-painting.
Bret Maley – Assitant Grower and Flower Manager
Brett is from the south, hailing from the great state of Georgia where she farmed while working on her undergraduate degree. She graduated from the University of Georgia with a degree in Biology and then worked in Atlanta as an Environmental Consultant. Brett returned to graduate school to study Ecology and has an M.S. with a focus on food web ecology. Brett moved up north in 2010 and found herself back on a farm. Brett joined Land’s Sake last fall, and is back this year as an assistant grower! Brett enjoys cooking, biking, and when she can find the time, loves to go birding.