Each season a number of seasonal farmers join us to help support our Volunteer Farming Program. This year’s seasonal team has proven to be exceptional, and we hope you enjoyed your time with them. Here are just a few of their highlights from the summer:
Austin Moline, Orchard Assistant
Austin’s interest in farming for hunger relief began long before he started work at CHP. For some years he has been looking to get involved in the non-profit agricultural sector. Austin is particularly interested in working directly with low income populations to help facilitate community sustainability through farming. His passion for growing healthy food with the community has made him a perfect fit for CHP.
This season, Austin has been busy working on many projects at the orchard including tree trellising, weed management, equipment maintenance, harvesting, and distributing produce. He has recently been spending much of his time leading volunteer groups as we work to pick and pack the apple crop. Thank you, Austin, for your dedication this season. Your willingness to lend a hand whenever needed has been a great help at both our farms this year. We appreciate all your hard work that has helped make this apple harvest at CHP the best yet! – Susan Conant, Orchard Manager
Jennessa Piccirilli & Brandon Sills, Farm Assistants
In a year of changes, we had two farm assistants who helped us through the season and we couldn’t have done it with out them. Jenessa Piccirilli has been with us since the beginning of the season, and brings so much cheer and joy to the team. Team leaders and regular volunteers appreciate her great attitude and willingness to do whatever task is needed to make the farm run smoothly.
Brandon Sills joined us midway through the season, and was a natural fit to the team. He often accomplishes our to-do lists before we even write them down, and also brings a lot of joy and energy to the job. We are so grateful to all that our farm assistants have done. Thank you guys! – Jen Friedlander, Farm Manager