Introducing Glynwood’s 2022 Apprentices
Spring has arrived at Glynwood. It is a season of new arrivals and a time of reawakening, of returning, of birthing and emergence. As migratory birds return, morning hours on the farm are rich with busy birdsong as swollen buds on cherry, maple and magnolia promise blossoms and tender lime-green leaves in the coming weeks. Walking through Glynwood’s landscape, one can catch a noseful of warm and earthy air wafting out of the greenhouse doors or off of a field of just-tilled soil, an earful of bleating lambs and ewes, and a faceful of spring wind.
In addition to welcoming a new flock of lambs, a new brood of hens, and a new greenhouse teeming with seedlings, spring is the time when we welcome our new cohort of apprentices.
Much like some migratory birds, this season’s apprentices come to Glynwood from places near and far. They bring with them a diversity of experiences and a shared interest in a more intimate knowledge of the process of growing, raising, and harvesting food in a way that promotes the health of land, people and community.
“I started farming to learn about our food system from a producer's perspective, and stayed farming for the connections to the Earth and communities I found!”
Carly Brand (she/her) Vegetable Apprentice
Carly grew up in Massachusetts and just moved back to the United States after living in Denmark for a few years. While in Denmark, Carly completed a degree in Global Nutrition and Health at Københavns Professionshøjskole. Her thesis “Hospital Farms: a multiple-case study on social, environmental and economic lessons from three U.S. hospitals" explores the connection between food and medicine.
When not farming, Carly—a competitive rope jumper—can be found teaching fellow apprentices and Glynwood staff how to jump rope, cuddling sheep, and adjusting to living in a place where bicycles are not the primary means of transportation.
Where were you one year ago today? “I was in Copenhagen, starting the largest urban farm in Scandinavia! It’s one acre, and it’s called ØensHave, which means ‘Island’s Garden’ in Danish. We opened it in June last year.”
How does it feel to be back in the US? Do you miss Denmark? “I miss my community there. But I feel like we already have a community here, so quickly! I’m really grateful for that.”
“I'm really looking forward to gaining some of the planning and management skills I need to feel confident running my own small farm operation.”
Hannah Haugenes (they/them) Vegetable Apprentice
Hannah, who also goes by H.e., grew up in New Jersey and studied Agroecology at UC Berkeley in California. They spent a summer in Alamar, Cuba earning a certificate in ‘Agroecological Management of Horticultural Systems.’ After spending the 2021 season at Spikenard Honeybee Sanctuary in Virginia, H.e. is excited to be starting a honeybee hive at Glynwood this season!
When not farming, H.e. can be found crocheting, practicing yoga-inspired movement, listening to Erykah Badu, or whipping up a coconut curried lentil soup for fellow apprentices.
Where were you one year ago today? “I was living in Burlington, VT and was a remote garden teacher for a school in Oakland, CA. The time difference was rough; I was teaching gardening in the evenings over Zoom.”
What’s your favorite thing to crochet? “I like making balaclavas, slipper socks, and hats with little ears or horns. I don’t wear them when I’m farming.”
“I like being on a team. It’s what I like so much already about this apprenticeship.”
Miya Kumangai (she/her) Livestock Apprentice
Miya grew up in Washington state. Before moving to New York City, Miya attended college in Houston, Texas (“There was so much sun. For the first time I was getting all the vitamin D I needed!”) where she played powderpuff football and pursued a degree in English Literature. Her degree led her to book publishing, first at Touchstone and later at Little Brown. In August of last year, unhappy with the desk job life, Miya left publishing and the city to be a farm intern in Putney, VT before returning to NYC to complete GrowNYC’s Farm Beginnings course.
When not farming, Miya can be found making kombucha, reading fiction, or playing softball.
Where were you one year ago today? “I was at Little Brown, about to turn 31, flailing around for something else. I was feeling so stuck.”
What are you hoping to learn at Glynwood? “Everything about pigs!”
“I love that farming allows me to work outside and that every day is different.”
Hania Lincoln-Lenderking (she/her) Livestock Apprentice
Hania was born in Syria and lived in Morocco, Kuwait, and Washington, DC before coming to Glynwood. She became interested in sustainable food and farming while pursuing a degree in Environmental Policy at Colby College. Her thesis, “Food System Resilience in the Face of COVID-19: A Study of Maine’s Food Sovereignty Movement,” focused on food system resilience during COVID.
When running or driving, Hania listens to a lot of podcasts. Preferred podcasts include Radiolab (a perennial favorite) and podcast precursor Car Talk, as well as newer renditions like the Trojan Horse Affair and How to Save a Planet.
Where were you one year ago today? “Wrapping up sugaring season and seeding in the greenhouse at North Country School in Lake Placid, NY.”
What are you hoping to learn at Glynwood? “I am excited to gain a better understanding of how particular farming practices are impacting the land.”
“I find deep satisfaction in work that connects my mind and body to the outdoors while supporting the needs of my community and environment.”
Suzannah Schneider (she/her) Vegetable Apprentice
Suzannah (Suz) spent the last eight years in ag-related work in NYC in places like Queens County Farm Museum, Certified Naturally Grown, and GrowNYC. Prior to getting hands-on with farming and garden education, Suzannah got her masters at NYU in Food Studies and worked as a sustainability connector for Katchkie Farm & Great Performances. After working in educational urban growing spaces, Suz is eager to learn about supporting soil and plant health on a larger scale. She is especially excited to be working in the CSA field, which is transitioning to a no-till system.
In her spare time, Suz enjoys visible mending (if you see her at a CSA pickup, check out the visible mending on her work pants or jeans!) and is exploring local hiking trails.
Where were you one year ago today? “Managing and programming at three different growing spaces. One of them was a rooftop, one of them I was supporting virtually… I was hauling lots of seedlings around on the subway in giant storage bags! It was a frenetic moment in time.”
What’s something interesting about the soil you’ve learned so far? “That so much of it is open space! A balanced agricultural soil is 25-50% air and/or water.”
Together with the Livestock team Nicole Scott and Maddie Morley, and the Vegetable team Jarret Nelson and Leah Garrard, apprentices are growing and raising food for our Glynwood Grown and Grazed CSA. This team is also coordinating the donation of our farm fresh product to our Food Access Partners. We are fortunate to have such an amazing farm team this season.
Please join us in welcoming our 2022 Glynwood apprentice cohort!
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